min·gle | \ ˈmiŋ-gəl \
mingled; mingling\-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of mingle 

transitive verb

1 : to bring or mix together or with something else usually without fundamental loss of identity : intermix The story mingles fact with fiction.

2 archaic : to prepare by mixing : concoct

intransitive verb

1 : to become mingled white and Douglas fir trees mingle with the pines —Karen Thure

2a : to come into contact : associate he mingles only with millionaires —H. J. Laski

b : to move about (as in a group) mingled with the guests

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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 mingle in a Sentence

The story mingles fact and fiction. Several flavors mingle in the stew. It's a story in which fact mingles with fiction. The host was too busy to mingle during the party.
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At the exhibit’s opening, the artists, scientists and the public all mingled. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mingled with some important Irish figures during their official visit to Dublin, including President Michael Higgins, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, and even rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Meets Outlander's Caitriona Balfe in Ireland," 11 July 2018 Weekly Singles Rap Group for Men & Women Age 60+ Smile, talk, learn and mingle. Alan Goch, Jewish Journal, "Jewish events in central, north Palm Beach County: July 11-17," 10 July 2018 And still, there's room to stand and mingle, or for little ones to play. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 When Howarth began teaching in 1987, teachers mingled in a smoking lounge, and copies were cranked out on a mimeograph. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "‘I still think I have a lot to offer:’ Three decades later, a Virginia teacher’s words ring true.," 1 July 2018 Volunteers registering people to vote mingled among people of all ages gathered on the lawn outside of the Senate. azcentral, "Arizonans protest immigration policy at Families Belong Together marches," 30 June 2018 In the past, some of the remains of soldiers that were sent to the United States from the North were mingled with the bones of unidentified people and sometimes animals. New York Times, "U.S. Military Prepares to Receive Soldiers’ Remains from North Korea," 23 June 2018 Later in the day, men and women mingle and take turns jumping over a bonfire. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "The Summer Solstice isn't just about weather - it's also about romance," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of mingle

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mingle

Middle English menglen, frequentative of mengen to mix, from Old English mengan; akin to Middle High German mengen to mix, Greek massein to knead

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English Language Learners Definition of mingle

: to combine or bring together two or more things

: to move around during a party, meeting, etc., and talk informally with different people


min·gle | \ ˈmiŋ-gəl \
mingled; mingling

Kids Definition of mingle

1 : to bring or combine together or with something else The story mingled fact with fiction.

2 : to move among others within a group He mingled with the crowd.

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