- 1[intransitive] (British English) (also jell North American English, British English) (of two or more people) to work well together; to form a successful group We just didn't gel as a group.
- 2[intransitive] (British English) (also jell North American English, British English) (of an idea, a thought, a plan, etc.) to become clearer and more definite; to work well Ideas were beginning to gel in my mind. That day, everything gelled.
- 3[intransitive] (also jell especially in North American English) (specialist) (of a liquid) to become thicker and more solid; to form a gel
- 4[transitive, usually passive] gel something to put gel on your hair See related entries: Styling hair Word Originverb sense 4 late 19th cent.: abbreviation of gelatin. verb senses 1 to 3 late 19th cent.: gel from gel ‘gelatin’; the variant jell is a back-formation from jelly.
BrE BrE//dʒel//; NAmE NAmE//dʒel//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gel
BrE BrE//dʒel//; NAmE NAmE//dʒel//he / she / it gels
BrE BrE//dʒelz//; NAmE NAmE//dʒelz//past simple gelled
BrE BrE//dʒeld//; NAmE NAmE//dʒeld//past participle gelled
BrE BrE//dʒeld//; NAmE NAmE//dʒeld//-ing form gelling
BrE BrE//ˈdʒelɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒelɪŋ//Styling hair