min·​gle | \ ˈmiŋ-gəl How to pronounce mingle (audio) \
mingled; mingling\ ˈmiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce mingling (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Online Town, a San Bruno, California, startup, lets crude avatars mingle in conference halls, at parks, and on beaches. Steven Levy, Wired, "Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley," 18 June 2020 For instance, no family or other guests will be allowed backstage, only essential personnel, and artists won’t be permitted to mingle with audience members in the front of the house. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "TITAS unveils shorter, all-American season for the fall amid uncertainty of pandemic," 15 June 2020 For visitors and animals to co-mingle again, precautions the zoo took, triggered by the pandemic, went beyond visitors, said Dean Violetta, the zoo’s planning and exhibit design director. USA TODAY, "Cincinnati Zoo, Lollapalooza, Glacier National Park: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2020 But for visitors and animals to co-mingle again, precautions the zoo took, triggered by the pandemic, went beyond visitors, said Dean Violetta, the zoo’s planning and exhibit design director. Sarah Haselhorst, Cincinnati.com, "Gotta go find Lucille: Cincinnati Zoo's small but lively reopening had kids with to-do lists," 10 June 2020 Herbs mingle around tomato trellises, spiky veronicas bloom beside climbing cucumbers, and sunflowers neighbor beets. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "Kelly Smith-Trimble Strays from Traditional Planting Methods in Her Tennessee Garden," 5 June 2020 In an email, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health claimed that Arizona, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia also mingled viral and antibody results. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "A New Low in COVID-19 Data Standards," 14 May 2020 Llamas remembered the welcoming vibe and how seamlessly the groups of fans mingled. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio fans threw full support behind Commanders, Alliance," 2 May 2020 The area of paint between his heel and the ground seems tender, the colors gently mingled. Rachel Cohen, The New Yorker, "What We Miss Without Museums," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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“Mingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mingle. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce mingle (audio) \
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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