\ 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



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


blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl \ 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


The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel.


a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Reduce mixer speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Tulip Cupcakes," 12 Feb. 2019 In large bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat eggs until blended. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Valentine's Day Brownies That Are Seriously Easy to Make," 25 Jan. 2019 Scrape down the sides and stir in the cocoa until well blended. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Measure one cup of iced water, add it gradually to the flour, work in thoroughly, turn out on a floured board, knead like bread until well blended. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 2018 Make filling: In a large bowl, combine sweet potato puree with butter, brown sugar, cardamom, salt, cornmeal, coconut milk, cream and egg yolks, and whisk until well blended. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Ingredients: Directions: Add several drops of orange food coloring to frosting can and stir until completely blended. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 Henningsen is considered to be one of the first lighting designers to truly blend form and function with this model. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp Has A Remarkable History," 22 Jan. 2019 Once the wax is removed, buff the area with a clean cloth and furniture polish to blend and camouflage the repair. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tullymore's massive layout spreads over 800 acres of woods, meadows and wetlands, and has a unique blend of five par-5s and five par-3s. Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses," 21 June 2018 The unique blend of the line’s vibrant prints, plush textures, shimmery details, and some metallic shine offers shoppers the ability to decorate based on their personal taste. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "American Eagle Launches Exclusive Dorm Collection With Dormify," 8 June 2018 The job is a unique blend of real estate, property management — and a knowledge of science and bio-medical research and manufacturing facilities. Cindy Kent,, "Career Spotlight: Michael Brown's niche within the commercial real estate market," 7 June 2018 All three types of competitive jumping rope require a unique blend of explosiveness, rhythmic coordination, and core strength. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5-Time Jump Rope World Champion Molly Metz Shares What It Takes to Dominate in the Sport," 1 June 2018 This daily probiotic supplement dissolves under the tongue to promote good digestion using a unique blend of live cultures and prebiotic fiber. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Everything You Need for Summer, From the Perfect Mascara to Chanel’s Tanning Mist," 16 May 2018 Those require a unique blend of tact and hard-hitting emotional honesty in community theater productions. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "A Charlotte (theater) institution: Billy Ensley as actor, director, collaborative pro | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 The first beer in the collection, Curioser & Curiouser Chapter 1, is a unique blend of Wild Fermented Chardonnay and Bacchus Sour Ale. Fox News, "Brewery making craft beer with white wine," 23 Apr. 2018 The Concert Band is a unique blend of more than 80 musicians composed of Eastern students, faculty, alumni, local music educators and talented musicians from the eastern Connecticut area. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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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