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

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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

Tuchel, therefore, needs strong holding midfielders against Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic — an impressive trio blending strength, tenacity and technique. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 Apply foundation on top of the liquid latex, and blend blush on top of your mouth to give it a bruised effect. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 The carbon filter designed for capturing odors from a pair of sludge blending tanks outside the Milorganite factory has not been used since the filter system failed in 2002. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milorganite mystery: Homegrown fertilizer's new scent has officials sleuthing to identify source of change," 30 Apr. 2018 Think Austrian efficiency blended with Italian charm, grace, and warmth. Irena Medavoy, Town & Country, "How to Detox Like a Hollywood Power Player," 5 Nov. 2018 The bold line of lipsticks includes 24 shades blended with whole crushed flowers (rose, lavender, jasmine, and hibiscus). Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Origins Launches Blooming Bold Lipstick and Sheer Lip Balm Made With Real Flowers," 28 Sep. 2018 From there, the house expands into an open floor plan—light concrete floors blend with white walls and neutral colored furniture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "All-white concrete house is beautifully high-maintenance," 7 Sep. 2018 The combo is a half slab of baby back ribs blended with an additional meat like pork, smoked chicken, tenders or catfish. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank," 9 July 2018 Rounding out the top four was the high-toned, earthy Porter Creek, made from old vines of carignan from Mendocino, blended with a small percentage of zinfandel grown next door to the winery in the Russian River Valley. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thanks to the blend of challenges and the support for all sorts of tools, RunCode is accessible to just about any level of expertise. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Get your code in RunCode, the online programming and pwning extravaganza," 8 Nov. 2018 But now, Weleda has created this oh-so-lovely lip balm for us, which is not only beyond-cute but works like a charm, thanks to a calming blend of viola, chamomile, and calendula flowers. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: Weleda Created an Entire Collection of Skin Food Products," 22 Oct. 2018 The serum promised the same kind of results, thanks to a blend of arginine, acid proteins, and Pro Vitamin B5. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Tried The Easy (and Longer Lasting) Alternative to Fake Lashes," 9 Oct. 2018 The patties have a crispy exterior and are topped with caramelized onions, tamarind chutney and a side of ghee and gunpowder spices that diners mix together to add richness and fire to the blend. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best burgers in the Bay Area from the 2018 Top 100 restaurants," 12 June 2018 Gas stations across the country are switching over to the summer blend, which is more expensive. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "$3 gas prices hit metro Detroit with no relief in sight," 16 May 2018 The industry's usual reasons -- the long spring maintenance shutdowns and the switch to more complicated and expensive summer blends -- have been offered. John Funk, cleveland.com, "Gasoline could be $3 a gallon by Memorial Day, getting close already," 14 May 2018 This pullover from Ridge Merino is silky to the touch, thanks to the beautiful blend of merino and Tencel. The Editors, Outside Online, "15 Gifts for the Outdoorsy Mom," 1 May 2018 Slowly blend in a few drops of olive oil until yolks begin to thicken and lighten in color. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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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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