verb min·gle \ˈmiŋ-gəl\

Definition of mingle




play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring or mix together or with something else usually without fundamental loss of identity :  intermix <The story mingles fact with fiction.>

  3. 2 archaic :  to prepare by mixing :  concoct

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become mingled <white and Douglas fir trees mingle with the pines — Karen Thure>

  6. 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>

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.

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

First Known Use: 15th century

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


verb min·gle \ˈmiŋ-gəl\

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



  1. 1 :  to bring or combine together or with something else <The story mingled fact with fiction.>

  2. 2 :  to move among others within a group <He mingled with the crowd.>

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