\ˈmikst \

Definition of mixed 

1 : combining characteristics of more than one kind specifically : combining features of two or more systems of government a mixed constitution

2 : made up of or involving individuals or items of more than one kind: such as

a : made up of or involving persons differing in race, national origin, religion, or class

b : made up of or involving individuals of both sexes mixed company

3 : including or accompanied by inconsistent, incompatible, or contrary elements mixed emotions received mixed reviews a mixed blessing

4 : deriving from two or more races or breeds a stallion of mixed blood

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Examples of mixed in a Sentence

a can of mixed nuts We ate salads of mixed greens. They live in a mixed neighborhood. She's of mixed African and European ancestry. people of mixed racial origin His decision got a mixed reaction from the family. The experiment got mixed results.
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Citigroup’s results were more mixed than JPMorgan’s. Emily Glazer And, WSJ, "Profit Gains at JPMorgan, Citigroup Reflect a World in Growth Mode," 13 July 2018 Residents who spoke at the October 2004 meeting were mixed on the proposal. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Just as reactions were mixed to IHOP's original name change, there has also been a variety of comments with this switch back, ranging from appreciation to sass. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "IHOP changes name back from IHOb," 9 July 2018 The iron was mixed with stones and minerals, lumped together as ore. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Reviews of Smartwool’s underwear, a blend of merino wool, polyester, nylon, and lycra, were mixed. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 Taiwan’s benchmark fell but Southeast Asian indexes were mixed. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Asian stocks fall on weak data ahead of US-China tariffs," 1 July 2018 McDermott addresses a clear need for the Pacers -- shooting -- but the reaction on Twitter to the move was decidedly mixed. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Reaction to Pacers signing free agent Doug McDermott ranges from 'vomit' to '4 stars'," 1 July 2018 On a spring visit, the first-of-the-season English peas were mixed with white beads of quickly frozen creme fraiche. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of mixed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mixed

Middle English mixte

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English Language Learners Definition of mixed

: made of different kinds of things mixed together or combined

: including or involving people of different races or religions

: including or involving people of both sexes


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Kids Definition of mixed

1 : made up of two or more kinds mixed candy

2 : made up of both females and males They sing in a mixed choir.

3 : made up of parts that are very different from one another He has mixed feelings about moving away.


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Medical Definition of mixed 

1 : combining features or exhibiting symptoms of more than one condition or disease a mixed tumor

2 : producing more than one kind of secretion mixed salivary glands

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