v. con·gealed, con·geal·ing, con·geals
1. To solidify or coagulate: Fat congealed in globs on the surface of the soup.
2. To come together so as to form a whole or produce a result: "The colliding ideologies and personalities congealed into an acute electoral and constitutional crisis" (Susan Dunn).
1. To cause to solidify or coagulate: The cool air congealed the fat.
2. To cause to come together to form a whole or produce a result: The conversation congealed his thoughts into a theory.
[Middle English congelen, from Old French congeler, from Latin congelāre : com-, com- + gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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