verb min·gle \ ˈmiŋ-gəl \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of mingle

mingled; mingling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
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
1 : to become mingled
  • white and Douglas fir trees mingle with the pines
  • —Karen Thure
2 a : 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

Examples of mingle in a Sentence

  1. The story mingles fact and fiction.

  2. Several flavors mingle in the stew.

  3. It's a story in which fact mingles with fiction.

  4. The host was too busy to mingle during the party.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

MINGLE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of mingle for English Language Learners

  • : to combine or bring together two or more things

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

MINGLE Defined for Kids


verb min·gle \ ˈmiŋ-gəl \

Definition of mingle for Students

mingled; mingling
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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