mix

verb
\ ˈmiks \
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

mix

noun

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

Verb

mixable \ ˈmik-​sə-​bəl \ adjective

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Verb

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

Verb

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

This story has been edited to correct that the student who told Northam numerous pages were mixed up was a woman, not a man. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Yearbook staff disagree on whether racist photo was mix-up," 6 Feb. 2019 Keep your chair design similar and mix up the color and textures (or vice versa) and stick to switching up just the two end chairs. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Bobby Berk Wants You To Mix And Match Your Dining Room Chairs—Here’s How," 10 Jan. 2019 Suerte doesn’t mix any of the barrels of their Extra Anejo, so each bottle has its own unique flavor, and that rich brown color is going to be best enjoyed in a translucent glass with a few ice cubes. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Two-Ton Stone That's Made Tequila for Centuries," 28 Nov. 2018 These condiments are made up of ingredients that should not mix together by the properties of suspension and emulsion: Anything that involves an emulsion of egg yolk or a suspension of vinegar to exist, should not exist. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Unpopular Opinion: Condiments Are Disgusting," 21 Nov. 2018 Erin was adamant about not mixing business with pleasure. Andrew Bevan, Vogue, "Erin Wasson and Barth Tassy Combined Their Texas and French Riviera Roots With a “Ranch Tropez” Wedding in Austin," 14 Aug. 2018 Robert, a well-to-do contractor from Houston, mixed a little R&R — reefer and recreation — with his latest business trip to Colorado. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 Diane Keaton mixes layered highlights with her gray. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 There are highlight sections from around the grounds mixed in, and on-screen tournament update windows shown to keep fans abreast of all the action. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Wimbledon Embraces Technology and Tradition in Unique Way," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The crowd was a heady mix of colleagues, clients and friends who ran the gamut from fresh-faced décor up and comers to the last vestiges of the Swifty’s set. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "Inside Mario Buatta's Final High Society Farewell," 23 Jan. 2019 Varying schedules, age ranges (especially with children in the mix), and home bases can stop planning in its tracks. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Plan a Multi-Generational Family Trip to Japan," 25 Jan. 2019 The currency mix-up can sort of be rationalized by the fact that Malaysia and the Philippines have banknotes in similar shades of blue. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 From mix-ups with ballots to lapses in transparency, plenty has gone wrong — at times in violation of state legal requirements for public records and elections. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 The whole mix-up also gave Van Ness and Foy the chance to fawn over each other, and then share those incredible moments with the world. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Claire Foy Was Denied Entry Into an Emmys Party, so a Queer Eye Guy Helped Her Out," 19 Sep. 2018 As a result of the mix-up, the potential side effects of losartan include kidney dysfunction, high potassium levels, and low blood pressure. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Just Recalled Montelukast Pills for a Dangerous Labeling Mistake," 4 Sep. 2018 Camp staff said this mix-up has happened before among travelers trying to get to Provincetown. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "He got on the wrong boat to Provincetown, so Jack Connors bailed him out with a plane ticket," 13 July 2018 The government paid $11,584 for unused tickets on the commercial flight and obtained a refund only after investigators discovered the mix-up, the report said. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Ex-Health Secretary Tom Price Wasted $341,000 on Improper Travel, Inquiry Finds," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of mix

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mix

Verb

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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mix

verb

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

mix

noun

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

mix

verb
\ ˈmiks \
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

mix

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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