\ 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 Its tropical fruit aromas and flavors blend together with the nutty and savory qualities usually associated with fino sherry. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Clay Pigeon soars high with its new wine releases," 20 June 2020 The hacker used virtual private networks to mask his location and carefully hid his presence inside A1 Telekom, trying to blend in with employee traffic, Mr. Schwabl said. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Austrian Telecoms Operator Played Six-Month Game of Cat-and-Mouse With Hacker," 19 June 2020 Journalists typically don’t blend the personal with the professional. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Journalist Lina Washington lost her father to COVID-19. Now she wants Arizona to 'wake up'," 19 June 2020 And now a new Model S Long Range Plus will blend regenerative braking with friction braking to decrease energy losses. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla cuts Model S price by $5,000, bumps range to 402 miles," 16 June 2020 With an immersion blender, blend the pudding until it’s silky smooth. Jessica Battilana,, "Vanilla pudding recipe with roasted rhubarb is a cool bowl of comfort," 12 June 2020 As when using fresh tomatoes, add a can of diced tomatoes to the food processor to blend them a bit, taking the tomatoes from the diced to the crushed state. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "Easy Substitutes for Crushed Tomatoes," 11 June 2020 The nymphs, which develop in moist soil, are green, in order to blend in with nearby vegetation. Popular Science, "An unprecedented locust swarm is creating unlikely allies," 7 June 2020 The incidents tend to blend together, even the homicide next door in 2017. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Special report: Anchorage faces a homeless crisis — and the challenges may be increasing," 6 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most states and the District of Columbia now recognize Juneteenth, which is a blend of the words June and 19th, as a state holiday or day of recognition, like Flag Day. Anchorage Daily News, "Amid protests for racial justice, Juneteenth celebrations get new urgency," 20 June 2020 Most states and the District of Columbia now recognize Juneteenth, which is a blend of the words June and 19th, as a state holiday or day of recognition, like Flag Day., "Confederate obelisk removed from Georgia square amid cheers," 20 June 2020 Mayla is a 4-year-old Chihuahua/Pug blend, weighing about 13 pounds. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Jackson and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 19 June 2020 Juneteenth, a blend of the words June and 19th, celebrates the date in 1865 when Maj. Briana Rice,, "Here is a list of the companies observing Juneteenth this year," 18 June 2020 Outside the 8-10 yards of bluegrass rough is a blend of red/orange fescue. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, "IU's Pfau Course 'has opportunity to be one of best college golf courses in the country.'," 12 June 2020 It’s a complicated and terrific story, and Berfield tells it with an extremely skillful blend of wide-canvas exposition and small-scale personal drama. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history," 12 June 2020 This coffee is a blend from Burundi, which has brown sugar sweetness and a hint of sweet lime. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "Trade Coffee Allows You to Try Out Coffee Roasters From All Over the Country While Supporting COVID-19 Relief," 11 June 2020 This versatile pick is made with a lightweight blend of spandex and polyester that’s sweat-wicking and breathable for a cooling effect on even the hottest days. Braelyn Wood,, "8 Lightweight Face Masks for More Airflow and Less Glasses Fog This Summer," 10 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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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 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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