\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

For foreign drugmakers such as Merck and Pfizer, the picture is mixed. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Solving China’s Drugs-Price Problem Is Hurting Drugmakers," 7 Dec. 2018 Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images Opinions were also mixed on the dangers posed by AGI. James Vincent, The Verge, "This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved," 27 Nov. 2018 Southeast Asian benchmarks were also mixed, with shares down in the Philippines but higher in Indonesia. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Asian stocks mixed after wobbly trading on Wall Street," 27 Nov. 2018 The other ingredients are mixed together and poured into uncooked pie-crust in a pie plate. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 2018 Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Plan to Revoke Birthright Citizenship Is Another Attack on Immigrants," 30 Oct. 2018 The Twitter reactions to Roseanne's death are mixed. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Have a Lot of Thoughts About How The Conners Killed Off Roseanne," 17 Oct. 2018 It is often mixed with heroin or cocaine with or without the user’s knowledge. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "China's fentanyl exports targeted in bipartisan opioid bill," 24 Sep. 2018 For example, local anesthetics used by dentists are commonly mixed with adrenaline, which constricts blood vessels and keeps bleeding to a minimum. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With its distinct mix of sleek activewear and chunky, cozy knits, a good après-ski ensemble can move between the cozy chalet and the piste without too much fuss. Anny Choi, Vogue, "The Best Ski (and Après-Ski) Looks to Sport From the Slopes to the Chalet," 5 Dec. 2018 Antony Daly, who owns a record store in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, uses Mixcloud to keep up-to-date on new music and to catalog his own mixes. Anne Steele, WSJ, "DJs Get Into Streaming Revenue Mix," 4 Dec. 2018 This includes 70 percent off its mix and master bundle with Ozone 8, Neutron 2, and Visual Mixer, and $50 off portable wireless recording unit Spire Studio. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 That makes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sound like a depressing show, but somehow, its mix of heavy subject matter and quirky musical numbers makes for something downright gleeful. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The CW embraces musical comedy in this brilliant gem.," 20 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the Retina-less Macbook Air was settling into its spot as Apple’s best computer for average people, thanks to its mix of portability, power, and a modest price. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Apple's New Macs Are the Ones You've Been Waiting on For Years," 30 Oct. 2018 His work on all our favorite It-girls like Elsa Hosk, Bella Hadid, Lily Collins, and Hailey Baldwin is always flawless yet achievable, and his mix of inspirational textures and colors makes makeup feel fun again. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside Celebrity Makeup Artist Vincent Oquendo's Dreamy Beauty Stash," 23 Oct. 2018 One of the most popular cities in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle draws crowds for its successful mix of innovative arts and technology, nature, craft beer and cocktails. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The original launched eight years ago and brought with it a whirlwind of copycat neutral palettes that never quite nailed its perfect mix of mattes and shimmers. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Swatches for Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Palette Are Drop-Dead Gorgeous," 4 Sep. 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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