verb \ˈmiks\

: to combine (two or more things) to make one thing that is the same throughout : to combine (two or more substances) to make a different substance

: to add (something) to something else

: to be combined and become one thing that is the same throughout

Full Definition of MIX

transitive verb
a (1) :  to combine or blend into one mass (2) :  to combine with another
b :  to bring into close association <mix business with pleasure>
a :  to form by mixing components <mix a drink at the bar>
b :  to produce (a sound recording) by electronically combining or adjusting sounds from more than one source
:  confuse —often used with up <mixes things up in his eagerness to speak out — Irving Howe>
intransitive verb
a :  to become mixed
b :  to be capable of mixing
:  to enter into relations :  associate
:  to become involved :  participate <decided not to mix in politics>
mix·able \ˈmik-sə-bəl\ adjective
mix it up
:  to engage in a fight, contest, or dispute

Examples of MIX

  1. To make frosting for the cake, mix powdered sugar with a little milk and vanilla.
  2. You can make purple by mixing the colors red and blue.
  3. Mix some water with the flour to make a paste.

Origin of MIX

Middle English, back-formation from mixte mixed, from Anglo-French, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mix; akin to Greek mignynai to mix
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of MIX

mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity <mix the salad greens> <mix a drink>. mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active <fear mingled with anticipation in my mind>. commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling <a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her>. blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture <blended several teas to create a balanced flavor>. merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole <in his mind reality and fantasy merged>. coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity <telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait>. amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities <refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community>. fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product <a building in which modernism and classicism are fused>.

Rhymes with MIX



: a dry mixture of ingredients that is sold in one package and used for making something (such as a type of food)

: a combination of different kinds of things

Full Definition of MIX

:  an act or process of mixing
:  a product of mixing: as
a :  a commercially prepared mixture of food ingredients <a cake mix>
b :  a combination of different kinds <the right mix of jobs, people and amenities — London Times>
:  mixer 2b

Examples of MIX

  1. a new brand of soup mixes
  2. We bought two boxes of muffin mix.
  3. a snack mix containing pretzels, nuts, and raisins

First Known Use of MIX

circa 1595

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail


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