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 This year, hundreds are expected to be in attendance and will enjoy bluegrass music, folk dancers, and the opportunity to mingle with a person who could be the next President of the United States. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Dems call for Kavanaugh's impeachment," 15 Sep. 2019 The Electric Car Show offers an opportunity to mingle with local electric car owners as well as sustainability-minded businesses and nonprofits. baltimoresun.com, "Electric Car Show coming to Clarksville Commons," 13 Sep. 2019 Rihanna was a gracious host, mingling with her endless list of celebrity guests (including Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, and Megan Thee Stallion) at the NYC fête. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Looked Like a Work of Art in a Givenchy Haute Couture Gown at the Diamond Ball," 13 Sep. 2019 The blowfly larvae found mingled with the bones might explain that hasty treatment: the bodies would have been in the smelliest stages of decomposition when burial finally happened. Wired, "Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion," 13 Sep. 2019 Head to the Wine Terrace for a Chardonnay—and mingle. Dwight Brown, Essence, "These Trendy Spots Are Perfect For A Cocktail to Close Out NYFW," 11 Sep. 2019 Neighbors waited to comment, while lawyers and city staffers mingled in the hallway outside. BostonGlobe.com, "accepted the resignation of one member — Dorchester real estate agent Craig Galvin," 11 Sep. 2019 The blowfly larvae found mingled with the bones might explain that hasty treatment: the bodies would have been in the smelliest stages of decomposition when burial finally happened. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia," 11 Sep. 2019 There will also be exhibitions, lectures and concerts, along with opportunities to mingle with the country’s gardeners, landscapers and botanists. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "A Year of Cultural Celebrations in Europe," 27 Apr. 2018

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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 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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