- 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[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[intransitive] (specialist) (of a liquid) to become thicker and more solid; to form a gel Word Origin mid 18th cent.: back-formation from jelly.
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//