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

Our home blends the old, and the new and my decorating does as well. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018 His own newer, introspective paintings, blending figuration with ethereal elements, are there as well. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "Lee Quiñones Brings Street Art to His Living Room," 10 July 2018 This collaboration with two reggaeton MCs effortlessly blends trap music beats with salsa. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Drake, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and the other songs to create the best Summer music playlist," 5 July 2018 Photo: Justin Clemons for The Wall Street Journal For their Dallas home, the couple blended his modern style with her traditional aesthetic. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 Joseph McCarthy, Biography, film and conversation: Tuesday, July 10, at 1 p.m. The biography blends film of actual history and re-enactment. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 2 July 2018 Simply blend fresh herbs, chiles and avocado with roasted tomatillos and olive oil into a light fluffy sauce. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Feral hogs blend in with the landscape remarkably well. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 2018 Her bright red shirt blended in with the red T-shirts of Diamondbacks fans Berglund recalled the final day of the walkout. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona's #RedForEd movement evolves into quieter, broader political force," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk This 180-calorie blend is the lowest calorie smoothie at Panera Bread. Health.com, "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 The winery’s take on a Super Tuscan, this blend of mostly merlot and sangiovese offers cherry, cranberry, baking spices, vanilla, cola and lively acidity. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 This blend, rather than betraying the history of emotionally aggrieved popular music, fulfilled a tradition of complicating the ideal of strong, silent masculinity. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 But whether politics and profits can peacefully coexist in this blend is a big uncertainty for Saudi Aramco. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 That is the case with this blend, whose flavors of strawberry mousse or shortcake work well with burgers and ribs. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "The best rosés at every price point," 30 May 2018 This medium blend generates a smooth if somewhat unremarkable cup. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Coffees That Deliver on Twice the Caffeine," 25 May 2018 This pale Sangiovese-Prugnolo Gentile blend is a crisp wine with an impressively long finish. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Surprising Truth About the Price of Rosé," 24 May 2018 As a farmer’s daughter, Maggie would have appreciated the care and dedication that went into growing the grapes for this expressive red blend of 60% Petite Sirah and 40% Zinfandel. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, "The Walking Dead's Latest Wines Allow You to Toast Michonne, Maggie and Carol," 21 May 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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More Definitions for blend

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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