\ 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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Other Words from mix


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


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.


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

Corporate thinking & creative risk-taking don’t mix. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "DC is shutting down Vertigo label, will brand comics by age-appropriateness," 21 June 2019 We’ve been taught that alcohol use and driving don’t mix well. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System? We Asked an Expert," 20 June 2019 Those are ideal numbers for a power forward, someone who can shoot from the outside and isn’t afraid to mix it up down low. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019 In April, a JBS plant recalled 21 tons amid reports that pieces of hard plastic were mixed in among the meat. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Pillsbury Recalls Flour on E. Coli Fears," 17 June 2019 Beede flashed a fastball that consistently touched 95 miles per hour while mixing in a curveball that locked up the likes of MVP front-runner Cody Bellinger. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Welcome to the rivalry: Giants’ Tyler Beede earns first career win at Dodger Stadium," 17 June 2019 But some consumer advocates warn that these young adults, many of whom have debt from school, shouldn't mix their student loans with credit cards. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Sallie Mae is expanding from student loans to credit cards. Should you get one?," 13 June 2019 One inmate complained that the prison mixes people sentenced for relatively minor offenses with those who’ve committed more serious crimes. Washington Post, "Uruguay prison turns inmates into entrepreneurs," 12 June 2019 Preliminary research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that sleeping with the TV or other lights on can mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Uh Oh, Sleeping with the TV on May Lead to Weight Gain," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hummingbird feeders, filled with a 3.5-to-4-to-1 mix, sugar-to-water, can be a must-do. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Create a home for birds, a new world for yourself," 10 June 2019 Animal Rescue Kingdom of Sugar Land is looking for a permanent home for Kola, a Lab mix. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Animal Rescue Kingdom presents Kola, who needs a home," 7 June 2019 Rempel Family Farm is bringing in organic arugula, mizuna, kale and salad mix to this week’s market. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Take an urban food tour, get your rhubarb fix, plus fresh greens and radishes," 7 June 2019 Albion’s new affordable housing plan also includes details on the size and mix of the studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments that would be affordably priced for tenants in three different income categories. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Albion apartment developers unveil plan to fulfill Highland Park's affordable housing requirements," 7 June 2019 Some of that water is being diverted into Lake Pontchartrain, which then drains into the Mississippi Sound -- diluting the mix of freshwater and salt water with gallons upon gallons of freshwater. Fox News, "Mississippi Gulf Coast fishermen struggling as flooding disaster wipes out marine life," 7 June 2019 The stuttering bassline, Woods' breathless vocals and the art showing the star balancing a snake on her head all mix together to make for one of her most enticing singles yet. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Pride Picks: Kick Off Pride Month With These New LGBTQ Songs," 7 June 2019 Mixing it up That reduction is largely due to renewable energy taking over a greater share of the total energy mix. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The U.K. Cut Emissions to the Lowest Level Since 1888. Here's How It Did It," 6 June 2019 This blended family cannot wait to add our 5th child to the mix 🙌🏼! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Credits Acupuncture for Helping Her Get Pregnant With Her Fifth Child," 6 June 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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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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