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

Definition of mix

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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 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


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

His work as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee has been mixed. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, "Outsider or Insider? How Bernie Sanders Learned to Walk the Line," 6 July 2019 Customers and vendors mix and mingle during Frida Kahlo’s Birthday Tianguis at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, "Photos: Frida Kahlo’s market," 6 July 2019 For example, a bowl used for mixing coleslaw can be reused to make potato salad without a wash in between. Julia Turshen, Washington Post, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 1 July 2019 Memphis has built a reputation for creatively mixing barbecue into other types of food, like in the spaghetti at Interstate Bar-B-Que and the pizza at Italian restaurant Coletta’s. Anna Mazurek, al.com, "Get your fill of barbecue on this Southern road trip," 27 June 2019 Gabbard, a military veteran, correcting Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio for mixing up the Taliban and al-Qaida. Monica Hesse, Twin Cities, "Monica Hesse: Three women take the stage in Democratic debate — and it was a game-changer," 27 June 2019 Often, people reserve their creativity and extra effort for mixing alcoholic drinks. Kelly Nohl, Rdn, Detroit Free Press, "3 easy summer mocktail recipes," 24 June 2019 Stella Jean, a designer known for mixing prints and patterns sent several monochromatic looks down the runway during Milan Fashion Week. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Will Monochromatic Looks Become Fall's Biggest Trend?," 5 June 2019 Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mother's Day Cookie Bouquet," 6 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rock band will play a mix of originals and cover tunes. cleveland.com, "Annual Cain Park Arts Festival is July 12-14; Wigs for Kids Day 5K takes place July 20; more: Press Run," 5 July 2019 Add a sunshade into the mix and fingers will be pointing in all directions, which will make international climate talks even more difficult. The Economist, "Reaching for the sunshade: July 2030," 4 July 2019 Expect to see Lindsey play a mix of slot and outside receiving positions. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football, top 19 players for 2019: No. 18 Tyjon Lindsey," 4 July 2019 Steal a styling trick from Tess Holliday and mix and match prints. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "How to Match Your Shoes to Your Outfit and Not Look Old-Fashioned," 24 June 2019 Despite a change in the fuel mix and concerns about ethanol’s environmental cost, challenging U.S. farmers’ share of what is sold at the pump is a political third rail. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "On Ethanol, Big Corn Beats Big Oil," 20 June 2019 Bear's Food Shack in Delray Beach will host popular soul stirrers J.M. and the Sweets 6-11 p.m. Saturday while offering $2.50 mix-and-match tacos with $2.50 beers. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Weekend preview: More sun, more yoga, Tom Petty, Patrick and the Swayzees," 19 June 2019 There is one cup in the apple mix and 1/3 cup on top. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Put this log cabin restaurant with its six-course dinner on your summer dining bucket list," 19 June 2019 There's also a thing called mix-and-match, which tends to come before a screen test, to narrow down the competition even more. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Here's What It Actually Takes to Be a Nickelodeon Star, According to Nickelodeon Stars," 18 June 2019

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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 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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