To congeal is to solidify, especially by cooling, or to take shape, especially to form a satisfying whole.verb
- When runny egg yolks cool and solidify, this is an example of a time when they congeal.
- When the parts of a play come together to form a cohesive whole, this is an example of a time when they congeal.
transitive verb, intransitive verb
- to solidify or thicken by cooling or freezing
- to thicken; coagulate; jell
Origin: ME congelen < OFr congeler < L congelare < com-, together + gelare, to freeze: see gelatin
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verb con·gealed, con·geal·ing, con·geals verb, intransitive
- To solidify by or as if by freezing: “My aim . . . was to take the Hill by storm before . . . opposition to spending cuts congealed” (David A. Stockman).
- To coagulate; jell.
Origin: Middle English congelen, from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre : com-, com- + gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
- con·gealˈa·ble adjective
- con·gealˈer noun
- con·gealˈment noun