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blend

verb \ ˈblend \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of blend

blended also blent play \ˈblent\; blending
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
1 a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect

Examples of blend in a Sentence

  1. The music blends traditional and modern melodies.

  2. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of blend

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

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blend

noun

Definition of blend

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

Examples of blend in a Sentence

  1. a blend of cream and eggs

  2. a blend of traditional and modern melodies

Recent Examples of blend from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blend.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of blend

1883



BLEND Defined for English Language Learners

blend

verb

Definition of blend for English Language Learners

  • : to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results

  • : to exist together as a combination


blend

noun

Definition of blend for English Language Learners

  • : something produced by mixing or combining different things


BLEND Defined for Kids

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blend

verb \ ˈblend \

Definition of blend for Students

blended; blending
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.

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blend

noun

Definition of blend for Students

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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