min·​gle | \ ˈmiŋ-gəl How to pronounce mingle (audio) \
mingled; mingling\ ˈmiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce mingle (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 Sailors and soldiers on leave could come and mingle with celebrities who had volunteered to spend time with them. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Warnings before a tragedy in Reseda," 13 Apr. 2021 Family members and guests of players and staff are no longer required to sit in pods at games, and can mingle with other spectators. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Major League Baseball relaxing COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated players, staff," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent years have seen work from emerging artists mingle with 20th-century pieces from artists who aren’t as well known as, say, O’Keeffe or Basquiat, but perhaps should be. New York Times, "Wander Through an Online Art Fair," 20 Mar. 2021 But members of the team say city officials have made the work more dangerous by failing to maintain strong infection-control measures and allowing workers to use Zipcars, switch partners and mingle with each other in larger-than-necessary groups. Washington Post, "These D.C. contact tracers pay house calls — and worry they’re spreading the virus," 12 Mar. 2021 After reports emerged that the Jan. 6 attack was partially planned online, favor started to turn against Parler, which was known as a friendly spot for election veracity doubters to mingle. Washington Post, "Parler’s revamped app will be allowed back on Apple’s App Store," 19 Apr. 2021 At one point, Nirenberg showed up to mingle and chat with voters and supporters. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County sets record for first-day voter turnout in a May election," 19 Apr. 2021 Broadway and the Bible: Can Broadway show tunes and Biblical stories mingle? cleveland, "Cleveland Heights has big plans for 100th anniversary year: Press Run," 16 Apr. 2021 In addition to allowing indoor live events to resume this Thursday, the city will lift its 11 p.m. curfew on restaurants and allow more households to mingle, along with other reopening gestures. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 8-14, 2021," 15 Apr. 2021

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

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6 May 2021

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“Mingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mingle. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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