\ 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 The offense, while retaining explosive potential for 2021, may also need time to jell with a first-time starting quarterback and lingering backfield questions. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s big 2021 NFL Draft class lacked elite defensive punch needed this fall: Buckeye Take," 4 May 2021 Rumph’s instincts and speed should jell with the Chargers’ scheme in attempting to combat more mobile, creative quarterbacks. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Once Chargers tackled Round 1 of NFL draft, the rest fell in line," 1 May 2021 With inconsistent starters in 2020, the Horned Frogs have to figure out which players jell as a unit and which players don’t. Katherine G Griffith, Dallas News, "TCU key offseason issues: How do Horned Frogs get struggling offensive line on track?," 2 Mar. 2021 IMG Academy in Bradenton will host the Lions for an eight-day camp coach Oscar Pareja said will allow the team to jell and begin to build on its 2020 success. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City preseason camp begins Sunday at IMG Academy," 4 Mar. 2021 The offense struggled to jell at the start of the season, but hopefully with a good return rate, the chemistry TCU rode at the end of the season will carry over into 2021, getting the offense into the 90s. Dallas News, "Predicting team ratings for area schools in EA Sports’ revived college football video game: Texas, A&M and more," 3 Feb. 2021 The hope is that the starting group can begin to jell as the team’s flaming buzzsaw of a schedule becomes a little more manageable. Christian Clark,, "Toughest road trip in Pelicans' franchise history reaches an end vs. Timberwolves," 22 Jan. 2021 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

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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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16 May 2021

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“Jell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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