\ 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 upmixes 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 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

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 Democrats see that as Trump mixing his personal political agenda with American foreign policy. Craig Gilbert, USA TODAY, "By 'serendipity,' GOP senator lands in middle of impeachment saga, as witness and potential juror," 22 Nov. 2019 In a large bowl, combine the potato puree, pumpkin puree, cream, brown sugar, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla, and mix well to combine. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Build Your Thanksgiving Menu with These Food & Cocktail Recipes from Your Favorite Celebs," 22 Nov. 2019 Government programs mixing health care and technology have faced struggles. BostonGlobe.com, "Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs - The Boston Globe," 22 Nov. 2019 Travelers will see rain and snow mixed at passes as low as 3,000 feet Monday. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: Widespread frost, patchy fog to start, then mostly sunny; high 49," 22 Nov. 2019 Add the chia seeds and mix on medium speed until combined. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Brown Kitchen: Squash does double duty in savory and sweet recipes," 22 Nov. 2019 Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, mixing until incorporated. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Evan Rachel Wood’s Gluten-Free Shortbread," 21 Nov. 2019 As West rocked with the choir, his 4-year-old daughter, North, joined him at the mixing board. Fox News, "Kanye West and Joel Osteen: A powerful faith combo," 20 Nov. 2019 From mixing prints and experimenting with pink tresses to dressing in a striking floor-length fur coat and a pair of combat boots, Anderson is a style daredevil. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Masterclass: Leomie Anderson," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The students, a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, were selected to portray candidate stand-ins during rehearsals, hand out credentials, and work behind the scenes to help NBC put on the broadcast. NBC News, "As the Democratic debate draws attention to Georgia, Stacey Abrams fights for voters' rights," 21 Nov. 2019 Like Utah, the Ducks being upset for their second regular-season loss should push them out of the playoff mix, even with a win at Levi’s Stadium next month. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Who does Alabama need to lose this weekend? The fan rooting guide to Week 12," 14 Nov. 2019 McClure's Pickles also carries sauerkraut, Bloody Mary mix, relish, and their new Lil' Pickle Snack Packs. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "National Pickle Day: McClure's shares what they think makes the best pickle," 14 Nov. 2019 Then, as the elements mix, solubility and chemical reactions come into play. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Earth’s core too hot ‘n heavy for oxygen, but may have rusty coating," 10 Nov. 2019 Not only do East and West mix in this world, but Loaëc and Kuroki have exploded the luxury lifestyle idea to be truly multisensory. Vogue, "Kitsuné Is Serving Up Parisian Cool at a New West Village Café," 8 Nov. 2019 Exhibitions are on semi-annual rotation: The current show is a mix of collages, furniture, and oversized polka-dot sculptures created over four decades and runs through January 31; the next exhibition has not yet been announced. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See Yayoi Kusama's Art Around the World in 2020," 7 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron skillet, mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the vinegar, honey and molasses; season with salt. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Sweet (potato) recipe ideas to try this Thanksgiving," 4 Nov. 2019 The case of the wrong person being taken off life support at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx in 2018 is in many ways an aberration, a mix of bad luck, missed opportunities and unlikely coincidences. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "End-of-Life Care Laws Were Supposed to Help New Yorkers. They Don’t Always Work.," 31 Oct. 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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27 Nov 2019

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“Mix.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixable. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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How to pronounce mix (audio)

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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