\ 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 upmixes 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 mixable (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 Slowly add cream and mix just until dough comes together. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Socializing on the Fourth of July? What event pros know to make your party safer," 30 June 2020 So if the idea of scrubbing your digits with toothpaste grosses you out, just mix a little baking soda with water and scrub away. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to get garlic stink off your hands," 27 June 2020 In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Top pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb sauce loaded with vitamin C," 26 June 2020 The most important ingredient in this recipe is, of course, the Funfetti cake mix itself. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to make Funfetti dip at home," 25 June 2020 When dough starts to come into a ball, mix for 5 minutes, adding one tsp. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggies galore: The joy of meatless meals," 23 June 2020 Then mix in plants that will extend the flower show through summer into fall, when late-season perennials such as aster, black-eyed Susan, and Russian sage take over. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 of the Most Common Perennial Garden Mistakes to Avoid," 18 June 2020 In a medium bowl, mix the shredded cabbage with the Salsa Verde. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 Off the coast of British Columbia, warm water currents mix with the cold, nutrient-rich waters of the Pacific, providing the perfect soup to sustain and nourish a large diversity of life. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "Everyone can watch the birds," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The capital is proposed to be funded by a mix of government and private-public partnerships with bulk of the money coming from the private sector, according to Monoarfa. Arys Aditya, Bloomberg.com, "Indonesia Vows to Build $33 Billion Capital as Economy Sputters," 1 July 2020 The eerie sound, sort of a mix between a hum, a whistle and a screech, emerges when strong northwesterly winds across the bridge blow through slender new handrails that were installed on the west side of the span. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Golden Gate Bridge’s new hum louder than expected, officials explore options to fix handrails," 1 July 2020 The lives of an eclectic mix of black British women intersect in unexpected ways in this Booker Prize winner. Washington Post, "Washington Post paperback bestsellers," 1 July 2020 The plan calls for enacting a Clean Energy Standard to help with decarbonization, ensuring that the mix of fuel used by local utility companies to keep your lights on would be composed of more renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""We are at a crossroads": House Democrats release plan to address climate crisis," 30 June 2020 Other districts have implemented blended learning options to allow for students to choose from a mix of online or in-person classes. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, "Chandler Unified School District delays school year as COVID-19 cases soar," 29 June 2020 This rub features baharat, a warm aromatic spice mix used throughout the Middle East, and available at EDWINS. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fourth of July grilling: Raising the stakes with steak," 29 June 2020 Like any great Hum track, the streaky, melodic guitar leads strike through the mix like lightning in a hurricane. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Five: Jessie Ware takes it to Studio 54, the return of Hum, and more," 27 June 2020 In addition to its fun storyline, the success of the film could be credited to the talent of its young cast, a ragtag mix of fresh faces. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Catching Up With The Clueless Cast, 25 Years Later," 26 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Mix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce mix (audio)

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

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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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