blend

verb
\ ˈblend \
blended also blent\ˈblent \; 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

blend

noun

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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Other words from blend

Verb

blendable \ˈblen-də-bəl \ adjective

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Verb

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

Available at retailers nationwide this month ($9.99 for an 8-ounce jar), the powder is also Paleo-certified and perfect for shaking atop oats, blending in smoothies and beverages, or baking into almost anything. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant news: South Main grows, Sundance gets Funky and Waterside goes coastal," 5 July 2018 But less ambitious designs could help blend the two separate displays together on dual-screen devices in the near term. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years," 2 July 2018 Frozen Unicorn Drink: The frappe-style drink is crafted from vanilla, raspberry syrup, whole milk and ice, blended and then topped with vanilla bean marshmallow whip, cotton candy bits and cotton candy. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "6 places for over-the-top, Instagram-worthy unicorn treats in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 Beijing has taken a comprehensive approach, blending trade and investment deals and cultural exchanges with arms sales, medical assistance, troops training, anti-piracy drills and other programs. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 The universalist message in Pitbull’s between song interludes carried over into the motley mix that makes up his genre blending music. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Pitbull lights up the Ben Franklin Parkway on the 4th of July," 4 July 2018 Director/screenwriter Culver doesn't succeed in blending the complex storyline's romantic, comedic and thriller elements into a coherent whole. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Hedy worked as an outside-sales rep in Northern/ Western Illinois in custom blending lubrication for manufacturing. courant.com, "Hedy C. Miles Doty," 30 June 2018 Chrome door handles blended into a chrome strip on the door panels. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Bulgogi Kimchi Cheese Fries have slivers of tender Ribeye marinated overnight in a sweet soy blend piled on fries with spicy Kimchi for $5.50. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Street Food Festival is ‘hyperlocal, but globally inspired’," 7 July 2018 Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel‘s characters, Offred and Ofglen, both inspired red wines, while Yvonne Strahovski‘s Serena Joy was a white blend. PEOPLE.com, "Handmaid's Tale Wines Pulled After One Day Amidst Fierce Backlash Over 'Rape-Themed' Marketing," 12 July 2018 But Pine Trace is a perfect blend of bucolic wonderland and demanding golf. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2018," 6 July 2018 Tremlett's cider is a blend of Priscilla — a U.S. aromatic, mildly tart apple — and Tremlett's Bitter apples. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin, when life hands you apples, you make elegant ciders. And brandy," 27 June 2018 Your genetic fingerprint is a blend of DNA from your biological mom and dad. John Moore, National Geographic, "Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.," 25 June 2018 The socks are a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 2018 Most are a blend of essential oils that keep hair looking lively. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Hair Products for Men 2018," 14 June 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is made of 100 percent sangiovese, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a sangiovese-heavy blend. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "A lesson on wine terms that will go down easy," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of blend

Verb

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

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend

Verb

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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Phrases Related to blend

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blend

verb

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

blend

noun

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

: something produced by mixing or combining different things

blend

verb
\ ˈblend \
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.

blend

noun

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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