\ 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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Other Words from blend


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 Add 2 tablespoons Madras curry powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes and stir until well blended, 1 minute. New York Times, "One Tomato Sauce, Four Weeknight Dinners," 6 May 2020 Blend for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, and then blend for another 10 seconds. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Dutch Baby Pancake with Strawberries," 6 May 2020 Netflix's new Ryan Murphy show Hollywood blends fact and fiction to talk about the Golden Era of movies. Martha Sorren,, "Hollywood Fans, Meet The Real Tallulah Bankhead," 4 May 2020 Concepts similar enough to pass as first cousins on the misinformation family tree have proliferated in social media spaces that do not usually cross or blend. NBC News, "Coronavirus misinformation crosses divides to infect black social media," 2 May 2020 But instead of blending the bright blonde color throughout her hair, the star boldly placed the extensions right at the front of her face so a clear line of demarcation between the two hues was visible. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kylie Jenner Embraces Two-Tone Blonde and Brunette Hair Color After a Fan Critiques Her Look," 30 Apr. 2020 For O’Malley, Alaska is a cultural crockpot where the flavors all blend together in many magical ways. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Book of food essays uncovers the soul of Alaska through its cuisine," 25 Apr. 2020 These flavors are imparted through the process of maceration and/or distillation of botanicals in wine or a grain spirit, followed often by blending and resting to synthesize the elements. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "How to Find Your Amaro Soulmate (It's Out There!)," 23 Apr. 2020 Add water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "4 ingredient bread recipe is easy and there is no need to knead," 19 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The kit includes dough, GAPCo’s sauce and cheese blend, and two toppings, plus five garlic knots. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "D-FW restaurants offering takeout, dine-in meals for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 As a party favor, the couple gave us a jar of Cecchini's Profumo del Chianti, a blend of salt, fennel, and dried aromatic herbs. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Italian Kitchenware I Finally Have Time to Cook With," 14 Apr. 2020 Futuristic fabrics and leather blend beautifully together, and BMW designers made the conscious decision to replace touchpoints with crystal-like plastic, similar to the optional shifter in some BMWs. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "BMW Readies i4, Its Answer to Tesla," 3 Mar. 2020 Under the musical direction of Matthew Webb, the voices of the Scottsboro Boys blend and soar like a seasoned men’s chorus. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "Kander and Ebb’s ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ at the Beck Center entrances as it weaves its story of savage racial injustice," 16 Feb. 2020 As of next year, all new turbines for power plants made in the European Union are supposed to ship ready to burn a hydrogen–natural gas blend, and the E.U.’s manufacturers claim the turbines will be certified for 100 percent hydrogen by 2030. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Solar and Wind Power Could Ignite a Hydrogen Energy Comeback," 1 Feb. 2020 The same year, grocer Trader Joe’s, fast-casual restaurant chain Sweetgreen and the Momofuku restaurant group all began marketing umami-rich seasoning blends, and the word umami entered the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "From MSG Scare to MVP Status: How We Learned to Love Umami," 30 Jan. 2020 The performances within the show and the real life of the story blend and overlap. Washington Post, "Charles Yu’s ‘Interior Chinatown’ brilliantly skewers Hollywood typecasting," 27 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Grimes finds her sweet spot in a song that’s both a futuristic pop blend and part of a video game soundtrack. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 5 Best Songs of the Week from Stormzy's Boastful 'Bronze' to Kaytranada's Infectious 'The Worst In Me'," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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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