\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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That effort got mixed reviews for its uneven performance and rapidly rotating personnel in West Africa, but perhaps the UN could take another run at creating such a response unit. Ron Klain, Vox, "A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it," 15 Oct. 2018 Fans had mixed reviews on Twitter about Leno's cameo. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Have a Lot of Feelings About Jay Leno's Appearance on the Show," 15 Oct. 2018 Google released its note-taking app in 2013, and critics gave it mixed reviews for not having adjustable formatting and being inconvenient for storing long-form notes. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life," 31 Aug. 2018 All in all, there were mixed reviews, with some fans expressing major excitement over the launch, and others disappointed in the quality and cost of the nine-pan palettes. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Bella Thorne Is Getting Backlash Over Her New Makeup Brand Filthy Fangs," 13 Aug. 2018 The District’s experiment with dockless bike-sharing has so far received mixed reviews. Luz Lazo, The Seattle Times, "Dockless bike-share company Ofo is the first to pull out of the District of Columbia," 24 July 2018 The series, based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler, wrapped its run in June with an average of 164,000 live-same-day viewers and mixed reviews among critics. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 Here are a few other pairs that got mixed reviews but which may be worth looking into. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 Nasir has since been met with mixed reviews from critics. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha T & Drake's Feud, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music Domination, XXXTentacion's Death, 'Scorpion' & More: Recapping a Wild 40 Days in Hip-Hop," 2 July 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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