\ ˈjel How to pronounce jell (audio) \
jelled; jelling; jells

Definition of jell

intransitive verb

1 : to take shape and achieve distinctness : become cohesive
2 : to come to the consistency of jelly : congeal, set

transitive verb

: to cause to jell

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Examples of jell in a Sentence

Our plans are finally starting to jell. Boil the jam until it begins to jell.
Recent Examples on the Web But in a few weeks, when the Mavericks have had more time to jell with their new additions and when Porzingis likely returns in January, this early slide could feel less pressing. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "3 thoughts on Mavs’ loss to Lakers: Luka vs. LeBron got spotlight, but Dallas misses Kristaps Porzingis," 25 Dec. 2020 If all of those players can jell together, Calvary can break through in the state postseason and potentially earn an invitation to the prestigious GEICO Nationals tournament, should the pandemic allow it. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Boys basketball preview: Stacked Calvary Christian seeks national stage (plus other teams to watch)," 15 Dec. 2020 With four quarterbacks and 13 offensive line combinations this season, the Cowboys’ offense has taken a massive hit in its ability to jell. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'Expect the unexpected': From trampoline and pool to NFL end zone, Cowboys rookie WR CeeDee Lamb flashes acrobatics," 9 Dec. 2020 The team, with six new players on its main roster in addition to the two two-way rookies, will have about a week to jell together before the preseason opener Dec. 12 in Milwaukee. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Mavs mailbag: Discussing Luka Doncic’s championship goals, Dallas’ salary cap future and more," 2 Dec. 2020 But when deJong started meeting with others about creating a publication, things didn’t quite jell at first. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s Catalyst magazine ending its print run after 38 years, but keeping its holistic spirit online," 28 Nov. 2020 Harrell said the Bobcats have worked to jell through the circumstances, keeping an eye toward the upcoming season. Greg Luca,, "After Danny Kaspar resigns amid investigation, interim coach forges ahead at Texas State," 13 Nov. 2020 Such a scenario might tell us a lot about whether Brown will jell with a group that touts unselfishness. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: To thrive with Buccaneers, Antonio Brown needs to check his ego at the door," 28 Oct. 2020 Silliness like this can take time to jell so if on opening night not every scene crackled to its full potential, well, the show got the job done with more than enough merriment. Matthew J. Palm,, "Semi-masked and silly, ‘Spamalot’ gets the job done | Review," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of jell

1869, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for jell

back-formation from jelly

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29 Dec 2020

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“Jell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jell

: to become clear and definite
: to change into a thick substance that is like jelly


\ ˈjel How to pronounce jell (audio) \
jelled; jelling

Kids Definition of jell

1 : to become as firm as jelly : set
2 : to take shape After much thought an idea jelled.

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