\ 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 Will the offensive line continue to jell in Year 2? Creg Stephenson |, al, "5 questions for South Alabama football heading into 2019 fall camp," 1 Aug. 2019 On top of that, the Colts defense allowed the second fewest points per game in football the second half of last year, when Matt Eberflus’s young, fast unit started to jell. Gary Gramling,, "Do Not Embrace the Tank, the Patriots Are Not Magical, Who’s Playing in Super Bowl 54," 8 Sep. 2019 Creating depth at the position is vital, the new coach said, for an offense to jell. Pat Stoetzer,, "College Football: McDaniel quarterback position battle heating up," 27 Aug. 2019 In 2003, The WB announced a series based on Gaia’s FBI adventures, but the drama (starring Rachael Leigh Cook and exec-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer) failed to jell creatively and never made it to air. Kristen Baldwin,, "Sweet Valley High," 16 Aug. 2019 These voices also argued that load management for one or both stars could slow down the team’s ability to jell. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers are the envy of the NBA, but hold off on the coronation," 11 July 2019 There’s something about the way Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, James McCann are jelling that has sparked renewed interest in what’s happening on the South Side. Phil Rosenthal,, "White Sox’s TV ratings — best in 5 years — similar to what the Cubs enjoyed before their World Series climb," 9 July 2019 None, though, jelled with the college player Edwards became, building off a solid freshman season and strong sophomore year before becoming a Certified Bucket Getter in averaging 24.3 points as a junior. Molly Geary,, "2019 NBA Draft Picks Who Defied Their High School Recruiting Rankings," 21 June 2019 In an attempt to broaden his ticket’s appeal, Mr. McCain made a risky pick of the young, then-obscure Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, as his running mate, but the two never jelled. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "Sen. John McCain, a War Hero Who Became a Political Heavyweight, Dies at 81," 25 Aug. 2018

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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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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of jell was in 1869

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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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