\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Separates provide the highest possible performance and sound quality, as well as the flexibility to mix and match according to your tastes and budget. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Expensive preamp is well worth the extra cost," 30 Apr. 2021 Stir vigorously with a small spoon until the mixture is fully incorporated. Feel free to mix and match your fillings and have fun with them. Justine Lee, Bon Appétit, "I Make Mayak Kimbap When I Want to Teleport to the Streets of Korea," 27 Apr. 2021 There are six bikini separates to mix and match with, as well as a button-up shirt, shorts, and mini skirt, so your coverup and swimsuit can coordinate. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "The New Arrivals On our Radar This Week," 21 Apr. 2021 To increase value, allow vendors to mix and match privileges that appeal most to them. Tracy King, Forbes, "Building A New Home For Expos," 19 Apr. 2021 Add the butter pieces all at once and continue to mix, scraping down the bowl and hook once or twice, until the dough has formed a very smooth, stretchy ball that is not the least bit sticky, 8 to 10 minutes. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How to make stunning croissants at home," 9 Apr. 2021 Take up to 30% off scratching posts, beds, playpens and more, or mix and match three items, including food at water bowls, to get one for free. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Casper, Sephora, Sur La Table and more," 9 Apr. 2021 Yes, the Heat can mix and match at power forward with Nemanja Bjelica, Trevor Ariza, Andre Iguodala and Achiuwa. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is there a backup center in the house for the Heat?," 29 Mar. 2021 As breezier temps are coming to an end (hopefully), this is the perfect weather to mix and match seasonal selects – without any judgment. Nandi Howard And Danielle Wright, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun We are thrilled to include an elusive Bordeaux in the mix of the second Rare & Fine wine curation: the 2009 Château Bélair-Monange. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Robb Report’s New Rare & Fine Offering Lets You Explore Two of the Wine World’s Top Trends," 3 May 2021 Typically, there’d be some powerhouse teams that came into the playoffs as contenders, now McHale sees at least six teams in the mix. Amna Subhan, The Arizona Republic, "Xavier eyes 8th title as Arizona high school beach volleyball tournament begins," 3 May 2021 In the mix:O'Ward enjoying role as IndyCar vets' 'biggest headache' in pursuit of first win Just a couple years ago, oval racing in the States wasn’t the goal. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Pato O'Ward savoring 'earned' first IndyCar win, now second in IndyCar standings," 3 May 2021 And thanks to a few quick bogeys by the leaders, Ancer is suddenly back in the mix. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "Sam Burns struggles to keep share of Tampa lead with Keegan Bradley," 2 May 2021 Sokudo raced wide throughout while earning a quality charting that puts the veteran in the mix late at a medium mutual. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Baffert does it again at the Kentucky Derby," 2 May 2021 Tyre Phillips could be in the mix but did not look ready to start at tackle based on his dreadful pass blocking in the Ravens’ playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 2021 Draft," 2 May 2021 Houston has its contingency plan in place, having signed journeyman Tyrod Taylor in free agency and with Mills now in the mix. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: QB Davis Mills needs time, stability to reach potential, and he won't get it with Texans," 1 May 2021 The proposal, which would have to be approved by CityCouncil, appears to be rooted in a mix of good intentions, expedience, and impatience to get something done in the waning months of Jackson’s fourth term. Steven Litt, cleveland, "City proposal to put asphalt, concrete plants in Opportunity Corridor ignores prior plans, undermines chances for success," 1 May 2021

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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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“Mix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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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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