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 each event, dozens of dance-loving Greater Hartford residents gather at the studio on the fourth floor of 56 Arbor St. to try new steps, meet new partners and mingle until the wee hours. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Dancing The Night Away: Tango, Salsa Nights At Hartford Ballroom," 7 May 2018 Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the chefs. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lion Fish Coastal Cuisine launches all new al fresco dining," 19 Apr. 2018 Attendees will learn about marketing programs, discover career opportunities, and meet and mingle with professionals in the industry. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Business agenda," 2 Apr. 2018 Meet Lance Stephenson, mingle with IndyStar's Gregg Doyel and Clifton Brown and watch a live interview with Thaddeus Young. Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar Live with the Pacers," 27 Feb. 2018 The production centers around the lives of a trio of single and ready-to-mingle girlfriends. cleveland.com, "36 things to do in Cleveland the weekend of Feb. 8-11," 8 Feb. 2018 In true mid-century spirit, the original neon sign still flanks the front of the building and offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to meet and mingle. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Modern Motor Lodges Worth a Stay," 22 Jan. 2018 But Bernstein was doing more than mingling with the rich and famous. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter says pal Lauren Bacall 'was not a shut-in' after Humphrey Bogart's death in new memoir," 13 Sep. 2018 But instead of mingling with the president, players and coaches met with local schoolkids in an intimate outing closed to media. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "The Eagles won't visit the White House. Here are 15 ideas for what they should do instead," 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mingle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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