\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended also blent\ ˈblent How to pronounce blent (audio) \; blending

Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as
a : a product prepared by blending
b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

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blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce blendable (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel. Noun a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, for a tool made primarily to blend, puree, stir and mix, consumers face a huge variety when considering their options. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best blenders of 2020," 3 July 2020 The ceilings are tongue-in-groove pine, stained to blend with the fir. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Mix of woods and glass give inhabitants of $3.45M log home soaring views of nature," 27 June 2020 The Eero mesh models blend in on bookshelves among trinkets and photos or on surfaces in a nursery or office. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier," 25 June 2020 The Tempe cloud kitchen that houses Hint of Soul, along with a couple dozen other tenants, would blend right into its snoozy commercial neighborhood if not for the food trucks that line the parking lot and the steady stream of delivery drivers. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "'I've been blessed': How a Phoenix chef went from jobless to instant soul food success," 23 June 2020 Hand mixers are a staple of any kitchen, an essential tool to blend, beat, or whip batter, eggs, icing, salad dressing, dough, and more. Popular Science, "Your kitchen needs a hand mixer. Here are our favorites.," 22 June 2020 As demonstrated in the following screenshot, showing malicious code on an infected site, the IDs (underlined) can easily blend in with legitimate code. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Crooks abuse Google Analytics to conceal theft of payment card data," 22 June 2020 Its tropical fruit aromas and flavors blend together with the nutty and savory qualities usually associated with fino sherry. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Clay Pigeon soars high with its new wine releases," 20 June 2020 The hacker used virtual private networks to mask his location and carefully hid his presence inside A1 Telekom, trying to blend in with employee traffic, Mr. Schwabl said. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Austrian Telecoms Operator Played Six-Month Game of Cat-and-Mouse With Hacker," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Williams is a solid blend of a traditional tight end who can also be a solid receiver. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "David Njoku trade: Arizona Cardinals 'most intriguing fit' for Cleveland Browns tight end," 5 July 2020 Big Cork Vineyards: Just launched in June, the Saignée Rosé is a fruit-forward blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc grapes. Rachel King, Fortune, "8 wines to sip this summer," 4 July 2020 Their interiors are a blend of British and Chinese influences, from Victorian motifs carved into oak bed frames to porcelain vases obtained through trade with mainland China. Rhea Mogul, CNN, "One of India's richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai's best rents. Here's why," 4 July 2020 Their affections are a confusing and painful blend of proximity and dependence, generosity and exploitation, performance and spontaneous feeling. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Ingenious Families," 2 July 2020 His team also recognized that a red spectral line which supposedly arose from oxygen is actually a blend of oxygen and nickel; subtracting nickel’s contribution led to a lower oxygen abundance. Ken Croswell, Scientific American, "An Elemental Problem with the Sun," 1 July 2020 Spikeball is a game played with teams of two that is a blend of volleyball and four square. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 School districts will work with local health departments to develop their own region-specific plans for flexible scheduling that could be a blend of in-person and remote learning. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Illinois officials provide guidance for return to in-person classes this fall," 24 June 2020 One of the best Father's Day gifts of 2020, Dollar Shave Club is the perfect blend of convenience and quality. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "12 last-minute Father's Day gifts that don't require shipping," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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The first known use of blend was in the 14th century

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results
: to exist together as a combination



English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things


\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart
2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.
blend in
: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending
2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word “smog” is a blend of “smoke” and “fog.”

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