\ 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 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

Other Words from mix


mixable \ ˈmik-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce mix (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over time, most people have come to understand that freedom and censorship just don’t mix. Sam Ames, refinery29.com, 29 July 2022 Cover the jar with a piece of cloth or wax paper (note that metal and vinegar don't mix well). Sam Peters, ELLE, 26 July 2022 Demand Action chapter, which normally don’t mix, combined for back-to-back presentations. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 22 July 2022 Choose from five flavors and mix into any beverage for a delicious addition. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 If necessary, cook in small batches, set the cooked food aside to prevent overcrowding and then mix everything together at the end. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 20 July 2022 The little guys will love watching the wax drip and mix together. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 18 July 2022 Set in a college hall and with a pervading 70s, preppy vibe, Nigo channeled the dazzling colors and mix-and-match cultural fusion that became synonymous with the house’s origins. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 26 June 2022 The extended sizing system (mix-and-match your cup size with a smaller or larger band) lured us in. The Editors, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The show features a mix of species—the boss is a thin-limbed human; Pim and Charlie are lavender and yellow blobs—as well as animation styles. Wired, 8 Aug. 2022 Fry reviewed internal communication and spoke with 10 people—a mix of parents, employees, and former employees—in four different states who shared accounts of unethical and sometimes abusive behavior at Hopebridge centers. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 For example, a 60/40 stock/bond portfolio at the beginning of the year would have drifted to a 58/42 weight mix by the end of June. WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 The high-top counter is 4 feet long and 3 feet tall, crafted from a mix of solid and manufactured wood. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 7 Aug. 2022 Bou uses a mix of three premium hardwoods to slow-cook his beef short ribs. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 Winslow Celestin lives near the downtown Orlando Wall Street Plaza where a mix of restaurants, bars and nightclubs are closely packed together attracting thousands of partygoers each weekend. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 And the Heat have shown with their every-game-matters approach that victories still can be stacked at the start of the season with mix-and-match lineups, even with a question mark at power forward. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 But video call-ins from Arizona governor hopeful Kari Lake and MyPillow exec Mike Lindell — plus an eclectic mix of songs from Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera — kept energy at the outdoor rally relatively stable. Isaac Yu, Journal Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for mix


\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for mix


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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