\ 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 Political experts have opined that the allegation could complicate Biden's candidacy, which is still seeking to jell among progressives who backed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Joe Biden's sexual assault allegation puts Senate candidate Amy McGrath in a tough spot," 8 May 2020 Brendan Perlini is jelling with the Red Wings after a slow start. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings hope that as lineup jells, they're able to score a few more goals," 19 Nov. 2019 Christopher Kamrani of The Athletic tackles questions about Utah, and notes the offense seems to have jelled around offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. oregonlive, "The Oregon Ducks bully Colorado; the Huskies are next: Issues & Answers," 12 Oct. 2019 Unfortunately, the Frogs will most likely need time to jell at offensive line, too. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "TCU offensive line outlook for 2020: Horned Frogs have to make wholesale changes up front," 26 Feb. 2020 Last year, Ainge said, the questions were centered on whether such a deep, talented roster could find a way to jell., "On Saturday morning, Ainge acknowledged that an area that has been a strength for so long could become a concern, and that it will be especially important for this group to be in lockstep.," 6 Oct. 2019 For a team whose new scoring options may take some time to jell, defense will likely still be its calling card. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "T.J. Warren was one of the NBA's worst defenders. Can he be Pacers' next transformation?," 22 Oct. 2019 But surprisingly, our styles have jelled really well. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "311's Nick Hexum & George Clanton Evoke 'The Ultimate Nostalgic Experience' on 'Crash Pad': Exclusive," 26 Sep. 2019 That coach will need to instill a belief that all those castoffs can jell with a once-in-a-hockey lifetime opportunity. Ross Mckeon,, "Why Seattle should name Mike Babcock its head coach sooner than later," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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Last Updated

19 May 2020

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“Jell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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