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 And on Sunday Bolsonaro posted footage of himself mingling with pro-government, anti-Congress protesters, fist bumping supporters outside the presidential palace in Brasilia. Rosalind Mathieson, Bloomberg.com, "Politics on Hold: What’s On and What’s Off Due to Coronavirus," 10 May 2020 Team Winsor Pilates supporters like Elizabeth Berkley and Byron Allen would mix and mingle with Team Nanci supporters like Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mari Winsor, Pilates Instructor to the Stars, Dies at 70," 1 May 2020 When users are mingling in public for five minutes or more, their devices automatically exchange codes and store them for 14 days, the length of the coronavirus incubation period. USA Today, "Apple and Google join forces on app that could warn you of coronavirus exposure," 28 Apr. 2020 Decades later, Rene Descartes concluded that tears were formed when hot blood mingled with cool animating winds that coursed throughout our bodies — a weather system inside us. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 Some teachers mingled with students eating cereal at lunch tables. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "ISSAC charter school debuts in Costa Mesa," 3 Sep. 2019 All are welcome to participate in the dessert potluck and other activities that begins 30 minutes before each show as a way to mix and mingle with the actors (in character) and other attendees. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Immerse yourself — literally — in San Diego REP's 'Beachtown'," 4 Apr. 2018 Before the cholera epidemics of the 19th century, cities thought nothing of mingling their sewage and water supply. Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, "From the Black Death to AIDS, pandemics have shaped human history. Coronavirus will too," 12 Apr. 2020 Before the government restrictions, sales already were slipping at some local eateries, with some diners worried about mingling in public places. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Owner of Jim’s Restaurants told employees by mail they were out of work," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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“Mingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mingle. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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