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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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Recent Examples on the Web Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent mixed messages to the migrants. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Tensions Rise at Mexico’s Southern Border With Guatemala," 20 Jan. 2020 The long dress revealed Paltrow’s bra and underwear and major Bulgari jewels, and received mixed reviews from fashion critics. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Red Carpet Reveal: 7 Ways Hollywood Women Can (And Should!) Embrace Lingerie Dressing at the SAG Awards," 15 Jan. 2020 Some restaurant owners say the Red Line has helped their businesses, others give it mixed reviews. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Another restaurant has closed on the Red Line south of Broad Ripple," 13 Jan. 2020 All were also nominated for the DGA Award — rarely does a nomination there translate to a Best Picture miss — as was Jojo Rabbit which, along with Joker, has more than held on despite mixed reviews. David Canfield, EW.com, "See EW's final Oscar nomination predictions in all 24 categories," 10 Jan. 2020 Though the special received mixed critical reviews, audience reviews were positive -- the special currently holds a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Dave Chappelle’s Cleveland show sells out in less than 90 minutes," 13 Dec. 2019 Johnson received mixed reviews for his parody online. Fox News, "Boris Johnson recreates 'Love Actually' with 'Brexit, actually' parody ad," 11 Dec. 2019 More mixed messages were sent to several other films. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critics' Choice Noms Analysis: 'Irishman,' 'Little Women' and 'Parasite' Surge, 'Two Popes' and 'Honey Boy' Crash," 8 Dec. 2019 The mullet proved that sending mixed hairstyle messages doesn’t work for anyone except Billy Ray Cyrus. Tom Bartlett, Wired, "The Not-Future of Meat," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mixed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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