Definition of jell verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially North American English) (usually British English gel)
    BrE BrE//dʒel//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒel//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jell verb
    BrE BrE//dʒel//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒel//
    he / she / it jells
    BrE BrE//dʒelz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒelz//
    past simple jelled
    BrE BrE//dʒeld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒeld//
    past participle jelled
    BrE BrE//dʒeld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒeld//
    -ing form jelling
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒelɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒelɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of two or more people) to work well together; to form a successful group We just didn't jell as a group.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of an idea, a thought, a plan, etc.) to become clearer and more definite; to work well Ideas were beginning to jell in my mind. That day, everything jelled.
  3. 3[intransitive] (specialist) (of a liquid) to become thicker and more solid; to form a gel
  4. Word Originmid 18th cent.: back-formation from jelly.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jell

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