blend

verb
\ 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

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 How to pronounce blendable (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for blend

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

Both are accomplished singers, and their voices blend in close harmony along with strong and evocative instrumental accompaniment. Steve Smith, courant.com, "‘BluesGrass’ Show Coming To Welles-Turner Library," 6 June 2019 June’s party features Detroit’s Wajeed, who’ll blend a summer-ready blend of hip-hop, funk, disco and soul. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "10 shows from Chicago performers you should get out and see this summer," 6 June 2019 Designer Janet Gust's Galleria-area home whimsically blends antique and contemporary While flights must be booked by tomorrow, the travel dates are from Aug. 20, 2019 through Dec. 18, 2019. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest Airlines' fall-travel sale, with prices starting at $49, ends Wednesday," 5 June 2019 Weatherspoon showed well at the Portsmouth Invitational and parlayed that into a combine invite, profiling well as a utility-type guard who can blend lineups and supply value on both sides of the ball. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 5 June 2019 Broom has a reporter’s eye but an essayist’s heart, blending urban history of her segregated home city and her family’s attempt to survive in it. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019 Even considering the idea of living in a home that hugs a rock formation or blends perfectly in with the trees around it is somewhat unbelievable. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Shanghai Architect Designs Insane Homes Inside (and Around) Rock Formations," 22 May 2019 Upon application to the cheeks, it was highly pigmented and a bit unnatural, but after a few moments, the color seemingly seeped into my skin, blending perfectly under a layer of powdered foundation. Teen Vogue, "Five Teen Vogue Editors Tried Milk Makeup’s New Glow Oil — Here’s What We Thought," 17 May 2019 Add blanched herbs, cheeses, remaining 3 Tbsp oil, and ½ tsp salt and puree, adding 1 to 2 Tbsp pasta cooking water as necessary to help blend until very smooth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mint and Walnut Pesto Lasagna Noodles," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Canaries were superb throughout the season, mixing a blend of youth with experience to coast away from nearest challengers Sheffield United and Leeds. SI.com, "Ben Godfrey: 5 Things to Know About Norwich's Highly Rated Youngster," 6 June 2019 Muspratt said following tradition, the concerts will include a blend of patriotic songs, light classical music and movie and Broadway tunes. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "NWI Symphony South Shore Summer Music Festival launches 12th season," 5 June 2019 For example, how many wine drinkers know what a rosato made from a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese produced in the Marche region will taste like? ... Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Rosé’s Marvelous, Multi-Tasking Italian Cousin," 24 May 2019 The drum brigade wandered in and out of their 90-minute set, adding a primal intensity to ODESZA’s hypnotic blend of ambient atmospherics with future bass thumps and house propulsions. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Review: Death Cab for Cutie, ODESZA’s Bellingham love fest starts summer early," 20 May 2019 The foamy Dignity bar soap contains a blend of charcoal and cotton blossom along with sea salt, clay and white birch. Kevin Smothers, latimes.com, "Father’s Day shopping: Give the gift of grooming with these fresh products," 6 June 2019 This version is much lighter on the ends, thanks to Lux Salon Owner @glamiris taking her client to the icier side for a balayage blend. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "Ash Brunette Is Hottest Hair-Color Trend of the Summer," 22 May 2019 Or want your holiday party to smell like a blend of Christmas tree, fireplace and cookies? Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "CES 2019: Some TVs disappear, others quadruple screen resolution," 7 Jan. 2019 The curation is done by a blend of humans and machines. Selina Wang, latimes.com, "Twitter's new approach: Predict what you want to see, as it happens, and notify you," 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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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 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.

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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