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

transitive verb

: to bring or mix together or with something else usually without fundamental loss of identity : intermix
The story mingles fact with fiction.
archaic : to prepare by mixing : concoct

intransitive verb

: to become mingled
white and Douglas fir trees mingle with the pinesKaren Thure
: to come into contact : associate
he mingles only with millionairesH. J. Laski
: to move about (as in a group)
mingled with the guests
Choose the Right Synonym for mingle

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of mingle was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mingle. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


min·​gle ˈmiŋ-gəl How to pronounce mingle (audio)
mingled; mingling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce mingle (audio)
: to bring or combine together or with something else
mingled fact with fiction
: to come in contact : associate
mingles with all sorts of people
: to move about (as at a party)
mingled with the guests

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