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mixed; mixing; mixes

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become mixed
: to be capable of mixing
: to enter into relations : associate
: to become involved : participate
decided not to mix in politics
mixable adjective


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: an act or process of mixing
: a product of mixing: such as
: a commercially prepared mixture of food ingredients
a cake mix
: a combination of different kinds
the right mix of jobs, people and amenitiesLondon Times
mix it up
: to engage in a fight, contest, or dispute
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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Furthermore, this beer gives us the opportunity to create a Stone Delicious mixed 12-pack, with three beers of each variety. Gary Stoller, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 During that time, mix the remaining ingredients in a 12-ounce Mason jar, shaking to incorporate. 3. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 After the initial obituary went live, other scammers probably cribbed bits of it, mixing in additional information taken from social media, my Times bio and elsewhere to create new versions of the same story. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 Early guns mixed compressed air and water inside a chamber, and then used air pressure to propel water droplets skyward through a large nozzle. Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2024 There are tons of other ways to make your oatmeal more interesting and fiber-full, including mixing in some hearty veggies, sprinkling on some nuts, or topping with frozen berries. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 21 Feb. 2024 When the cameras came back online, the device IDs and user ID mapping were mixed up, leading to some people having access to data from the wrong accounts. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Someone is always playing the piano, mixing drinks, baking cookies, learning to paint. Alexander Nazaryan, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 When finished mixing, the butter should be completely incorporated into the flour with no lumps remaining. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024
Thailand emerged as the leading choice, offering a mix of urban exploration and serene getaways. Brianna Kamienski, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 For me, updates on immigration policy, announcements about events my company is organizing, recaps of events and thought leadership on industry trends are all in the mix. Marianella Manzur, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Emmet Sheehan and Michael Grove are also in the mix, other young pitchers with more big-league experience thus far than Stone. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 But there was another common denominator in the mix: price hikes. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 23 Feb. 2024 His son had a dog, a black Labrador mix, who developed respiratory symptoms, constant coughing that turned to choking and gagging. Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 The messenger hoped the golden retriever-husky mix up for adoption was actually Will. Will was scheduled to be at an adoption event on Feb. 17, according to the shelter. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 22 Feb. 2024 The promising aspects start with the effective mix of young unknowns and wily veterans stepping into these big roles. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024 For the snack mix: ¾ cup grated pecorino ¼ cup grated parmesan 2 cups salted, roasted corn nuts ½ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup almonds 1 tsp. Kat Petonito, Saveur, 21 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mix was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to make into one mass by stirring together : blend
: to make by combining different things
: to become one mass through blending
oil will not mix with water
: to associate with others on friendly terms
mixes well in any company
: confuse sense 3
mix up facts


2 of 2 noun
: mixture
especially : a prepared mixture of ingredients for use in preparing foods
a muffin mix

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