\ ˈmiks How to pronounce mix (audio) \
mixed; mixing; mixes

Definition of mix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to combine or blend into one mass
(2) : to combine with another
b : to bring into close association mix business with pleasure
2a : to form by mixing components mix a drink at the bar
b : to produce (a sound recording) by electronically combining or adjusting sounds from more than one source
3 : confuse often used with up mixes things up in his eagerness to speak out— Irving Howe

intransitive verb

1a : to become mixed
b : to be capable of mixing
2 : to enter into relations : associate
4 : to become involved : participate decided not to mix in politics
mix it up
: to engage in a fight, contest, or dispute



Definition of mix (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or process of mixing
2 : a product of mixing: such as
a : a commercially prepared mixture of food ingredients a cake mix
b : a combination of different kinds the right mix of jobs, people and amenitiesLondon Times

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mixable \ ˈmik-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce mix (audio) \ adjective

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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 mix in a Sentence

Verb To make frosting for the cake, mix powdered sugar with a little milk and vanilla. You can make purple by mixing the colors red and blue. Mix some water with the flour to make a paste. Noun a new brand of soup mixes We bought two boxes of muffin mix. a snack mix containing pretzels, nuts, and raisins
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Go ahead, throw caution to the wind and mix fruits and vegetables. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Instructions Soak the chia seeds in 1 cup of water for 24 hours, then mix with the next 7 ingredients to make a simple and delicious vinaigrette. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 June 2021 This compact Magic Bullet blender still delivers plenty of power to chop, mix, blend, whip, grind and more. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 4 June 2021 In response to vaccine shortages in Canada, a statement by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization of Canada said people can mix their AstraZeneca vaccine with a different one for the second dose. Steven Vargas, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Veteran pitchers typically have lost some velocity, but can compensate for that by experience — i.e., better command and control of the strike zone, knowing how to locate and change speeds and mix in breaking pitches. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 29 May 2021 The new guidance also recommends that even in camps where everyone is fully vaccinated, campers should be assigned to groups that remain together the entire session and mix with other groups as little as possible. Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News, 28 May 2021 Be sure to omit the hot sauce in the recipe, mix in your vodka, then give it a try! Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2021 Last May, in just 30 days’ time, PepsiCo created a website, Snacks.com, where consumers can mix and match snacks to be delivered to their home. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Canada started the tournament with three straight losses, but has five wins and a shootout loss since Mangiapane was added to the mix. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 Keenan Allen and Mike Williams form a fine receiving tandem, but imagine adding Jones to the mix for an offense that lost TE Hunter Henry and didn't have a 1,000-yard receiver in 2020 despite Herbert's huge year and Allen's 100 receptions. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 Founded in the 19th century as an outpost of Mormon settlers, the valley in recent decades has become home to a mix of commuters, retirees and tourism businesses. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Given the already monumental task of greening existing air travel, why add an even more polluting fleet to the mix? Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 4 June 2021 Elsewhere, Kris suspects that Kourtney’s then-boyfriend, Scott Disick, is cheating, adding a dose of tension to the mix. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Adding Chase to the mix should make for an explosive Bengals receiving corps. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, 2 June 2021 There are technical problems to fix already, and so adding some security tasks to the mix is not a big deal. Vladi Sandler, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Adding active soldiers to the mix could increase the risk of lethal encounters at otherwise peaceful protests, warns Juan Carlos Ruiz, a professor of political science at Bogota's Universidad del Rosario. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of mix


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)


circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mix


Middle English, back-formation from mixte mixed, from Anglo-French, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mix; akin to Greek mignynai to mix

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“Mix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to combine (two or more things) to make one thing that is the same throughout : to combine (two or more substances) to make a different substance
: to add (something) to something else
: to be combined and become one thing that is the same throughout



English Language Learners Definition of mix (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dry mixture of ingredients that is sold in one package and used for making something (such as a type of food)
: a combination of different kinds of things


\ ˈmiks How to pronounce mix (audio) \
mixed; mixing

Kids Definition of mix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make into one thing by stirring together : blend Mix flour and water to make a paste.
2 : to become one thing through blending Oil will not mix with water.
3 : to make by combining different things
4 : to bring together The book mixes funny and serious elements.
5 : to feel or act friendly toward Our families don't mix.
mix up
1 : confuse sense 1 I mix the sisters up.
2 : to put in the wrong place with other things Don't mix up the papers.
3 : to involve or cause to be involved with a bad situation or group Don't get mixed up in the trouble.

Other Words from mix

mixer \ ˈmik-​sər \ noun



Kids Definition of mix (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a prepared combination of ingredients for making a food cake mix

Choose the Right Synonym for mix


mix and blend mean to combine into a whole that is more or less the same all over. mix is used of a fairly complete combining in which the elements may or may not lose their individual identity. Mix several vegetables for a salad. Mix apple and grape juice. blend is used when there is a complete uniting of similar things so that the original parts cannot be separated or recognized. Blend milk, eggs, and sugar.

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