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mix

verb \ ˈmiks \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of mix

transitive verb
1 a (1) : to combine or blend into one mass
(2) : to combine with another
b : to bring into close association
  • mix business with pleasure
2 a : 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
1 a : 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

mixable

play \ˈmik-sə-bəl\ adjective
mix it up
: to engage in a fight, contest, or dispute

Examples of mix in a Sentence

  1. To make frosting for the cake, mix powdered sugar with a little milk and vanilla.

  2. You can make purple by mixing the colors red and blue.

  3. Mix some water with the flour to make a paste.

Recent Examples of mix from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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mix

noun

Definition of mix

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 amenities
  • London Times
3 : mixer 2b

Examples of mix in a Sentence

  1. a new brand of soup mixes

  2. We bought two boxes of muffin mix.

  3. a snack mix containing pretzels, nuts, and raisins

Recent Examples of mix from the Web

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First Known Use of mix

circa 1595

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MIX Defined for English Language Learners

mix

verb

Definition of mix for English Language Learners

  • : 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


mix

noun

Definition of mix for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MIX Defined for Kids

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mix

verb \ ˈmiks \

Definition of mix for Students

mixed; mixing
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.

mixer

\ˈmik-sər\ noun
mix up
1 : confuse 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.

Synonym Discussion of 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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mix

noun

Definition of mix for Students

1 : mixture 2
2 : a prepared combination of ingredients for making a food
  • cake mix


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