\ˈmiks \
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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Other Words from mix


mixable \ˈmik-sə-bəl \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for mix


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


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.

Examples of mix in a Sentence


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.


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

The celebrations in the streets enacted that sense of possibility, with all the groups mixing together in an ebullient embrace, the French flag speaking the stories of players such as Zidane and Thuram as the true story of the country. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 An article on Saturday about Martina Navratilova’s first time winning Wimbledon misstated the significance of Navratilova’s mixed doubles match with Leander Paes in 2003. New York Times, "Corrections: July 13, 2018," 12 July 2018 Velasquez muted any speculation that De Los Santos could nudge him from the rotation by flashing a mid-90s fastball and mixing in his secondary pitches in his first start since getting hit on the forearm by a line drive June 30. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Maikel Franco making a play to stay | Extra Innings," 12 July 2018 The company increased Asian representation to 14.8%, Black representation to 6.1%, and mixed raced representation to 2.7% in the last two years. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Spotify's June 2018 Diversity Report Shows Some Slow Progress," 11 July 2018 The eurozone economy grew at the fastest rate in a decade last year, but economic data in the region has turned mixed in recent months. Tanzeel Akhtar, WSJ, "European-Stock ETFs Absorb Outflows Triggered by Italy," 8 July 2018 Most football coaches are good about mixing in full-pad and half-pad practices and giving their players regular water breaks and ice baths to cool off. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Parents and athletes: How to spot and treat heat-related illnesses this summer," 3 July 2018 This, too, is where mixing in the likes of a Danny Valencia or, if anyone has seen enough to be interested, a Colby Rasmus, might become plausible. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "It's already July. Where do the Orioles stand on the trade market for their departing stars?," 2 July 2018 Other dancers perform the tango nuevo, a modern version of the Argentine tango, in pairs and mix in more advanced moves and lifts. National Geographic, "Amid a Civil War, These Syrians Keep Dancing," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not Just Rap: Scorpion, with its mix of rap and R&B offerings, also helps Drake make history on the Hot R&B Songs chart. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart," 13 July 2018 The future That Wells does it all with below-average velocity and needs to be precise with his three-pitch mix means those challenges, and the questions that will stem from them, will dog him throughout his career. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Alex Wells," 12 July 2018 With Airplay integration, Sonos adds Siri to its voice assistant mix. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple's Airplay 2 May Be the Boost Sonos Needs for Its IPO," 11 July 2018 Lamby has been, hands down, the favorite and most loved by our small terrier mix. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Dog Toys, According to Happy Dogs," 11 July 2018 These are real questions from my eclectic mix of Twitter followers, who are passionate to the point of amusing and at times terrifying. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Twitter mailbag: Will Felix Hernandez pitch in the postseason if the Mariners make it? Cano to first base? And Magnum P.I.?," 9 July 2018 Nearly a third of the reef’s coral were killed, and the damage radically altered its mix of coral species, scientists said. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "Great Barrier Reef Imperiled as Heat Worsens Die-Offs, Experts Say," 4 July 2018 The second experience was with my Red Heeler mix, Maggie. Cathy M. Rosenthal, courant.com, "Pet World: Helping Dogs And Cats Survive The Fourth Of July," 22 June 2018 Now a company known for its lemonade mix is stepping in to keep these sidewalk shops running. Jessica Campisi And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "For kids getting busted for running lemonade stands without permits, these guys are here to help," 11 June 2018

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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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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 \
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

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