\ 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 But when Saturdays and Sundays look the same as Mondays and Tuesdays — and the evenings blend with the mornings — then that’s not a healthy thing. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Bill Ford: We have to keep work-at-home healthy for employees," 6 Aug. 2020 Some of Tsurita’s figures recall the sensuous posters and paintings of the avant-garde artist Aquirax Uno, whose images freely blend the tropes of Art Nouveau with the iconography of Edo-period artworks. Gabrielle Bellot, The Atlantic, "The Groundbreaking Female Artist Who Shaped Manga History," 5 Aug. 2020 Add the tomato juice and water and simmer for about 20 minutes to blend the flavors. cleveland, "Don’t know what to do with all that fresh produce? Make a chilled summertime soup," 4 Aug. 2020 Running through the streets of Dallas, dodging behind buildings and cars, Diego and Lila steal some clothing to try and blend in a little bit more. Rachel Paige,, "R29 Binge Club: Umbrella Academy Season 2 Recap," 3 Aug. 2020 As the Spurs try to navigate the next seven seeding games, their chances at a 23rd consecutive playoff bid will hinge on finding a way to blend the young with the old. Jeff Mcdonald,, "New-look San Antonio Spurs could be a bubble wild card," 1 Aug. 2020 Transitional kitchens, which blend contemporary and traditional styles, are bright, relaxed, and often loaded with storage. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Transitional Style Is the Most Popular Kitchen Design—Here's How to Ace the Look," 30 July 2020 Cutting layers through your hair will allow your new bangs to blend in. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cut Bangs at Home That Actually Look Great," 26 June 2020 This laptop tray easily slips over Peloton’s handlebars and allows users to blend work and fitness seamlessly. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "20 must-have accessories for anyone with a Peloton," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The old and newer parts blend because the same floors and the same rich trim run throughout. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Old $1.9M A-frame in Bloomfield Hills is a modern-day mini-farm," 11 July 2020 Katz even masterminded one bottle of a 2015 cabernet sauvignon/cabernet franc blend that sold at a high-end charity auction for $350,000 in 2017 — still an industry record for a 750-milliliter bottle. Matt Villano,, "Winemaker wunderkind opens new tasting room in Healdsburg," 9 July 2020 Each mask is made of a recycled hemp and organic-cotton blend, with latex-free elastic ear straps—and for every mask purchase, the company is donating one to a food-service worker volunteering or a medical professional in need. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly Where to Buy Face Masks Online," 8 July 2020 Approximately 15% of the blend is aged in French oak barrels to add a subtle toastiness and complexity to the wine. Rachel King, Fortune, "8 wines to sip this summer," 4 July 2020 The sweetness of the vanilla blend was subtle and delicious, particularly as cold brew. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "We tried gold coffee, and loved its unexpected flavor," 30 June 2020 Masks are made of an antimicrobial yarn blend that’s washable and reusable. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "Best antimicrobial face masks, according to medical experts," 23 June 2020 Carefully blend soup with an immersion blender stick, and enjoy hot, cold or any temperature in between. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020 The coronavirus recession has emerged as a distinctive blend of problems with both production and consumption. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Ripple effects of downturn show pandemic’s early economic toll was just the beginning," 15 June 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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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce blend (audio)

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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