\ 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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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 His paintings show a masterly technique, blending figurative elements and depictions of the natural world with abstraction, layers of symbolism, and fantastical imagery that defy easy categories. Steven Kurutz,, "Louis Delsarte, a muralist of the Black experience," 21 May 2020 The island’s literary heritage, founded in medieval sagas — tales that blend history and myth — is exceptionally vibrant. Gavin Morrison, Dallas News, "Dallas author’s book chronicles Iceland’s modern tradition of small, oddly specific museums," 21 May 2020 What ensued was a remarkable effort, blending grassroots coördination and startup ingenuity. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Town That Tested Itself," 20 May 2020 This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Making homemade BBQ sauce is as easy as blending a few ingredients in a pan and then letting the sauce simmer. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce," 18 May 2020 The creamy fontina cheese blended well with the roasted mushrooms and crunchy onions, but the balsamic glaze spiraled atop the pizza like the perfect doodle delivered an ultra-sweet finish that tasted like a four-star dessert. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant delivers pepperoni pie worth a drive," 15 May 2020 His paintings show a masterly technique, blending figurative elements and depictions of the natural world with abstraction, layers of symbolism and fantastical imagery that defy easy categories. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Louis Delsarte, a Muralist of the Black Experience, Dies at 75," 15 May 2020 They can be melted into sauces, blended into dressings, topped on anything from pizza to salads and more., "We Asked 8 Photographers To Document Their Go-To Pantry Staples," 14 May 2020 The nuts, which are not actually nuts but a type of tuber, are soaked overnight and blended with water and sugar into a creamy smoothie of sorts. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Spanish Drinks You Can Make at Home," 14 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even Boba Guys’ basic tea blend is fairly nerdy: a mix of Assam, Ceylon and Yunnan black tea leaves that took weeks for Chau and Chen to land on in the search for a zippy, powerful yet mellow mix. Janelle Bitker,, "Cookbook from San Francisco’s Boba Guys dives deep into boba drinks," 22 May 2020 While not traditionally used in tabbouleh recipes, this spice blend added a tangy, brightness to this refreshing dish. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Tabbouleh salad: Loaded with fresh herbs and plenty of fiber," 22 May 2020 So snag a container of this great-on-everything Cajun seasoning blend on your next trip to the grocery store and get to experimenting. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Store-Bought Creole Seasoning That Every Southern Cook Needs In the Spice Cabinet," 22 May 2020 The brisket’s good to begin with, a peppery, balance blend of fat and lean in spicy barbecue sauce. Mike Sutter,, "5 great mac and cheese dishes at San Antonio restaurants for your coronavirus comfort food fix," 21 May 2020 Her crust uses almond meal, but also a gluten-free flour blend. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "All’s well that’s Bakewell, when a classic British almond-raspberry tart becomes gluten-free bars," 20 May 2020 Then put your soy, almond or oats in a blender together with three cups of water and blend for about two minutes. Victoria Shannon, New York Times, "Coronavirus, U.S. Jobless Claims, Amazon: Your Friday Briefing," 15 May 2020 After two decades of targeted investment by industry leaders, Rwandan coffee – once sold primarily in supermarket blends – is now available at Starbucks and upscale cafes alike. Andrew Gerard, The Conversation, "Rwanda’s coffee harvest will go forward despite pandemic – at a safe distance," 7 May 2020 Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium-low heat and blend in flour. Alex Darus, cleveland, "What to make mom for Mother’s Day? Michael Symon, Matt Fish and other Northeast Ohio chefs offer tips," 4 May 2020

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 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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