\ ˈmiks How to pronounce mix (audio) \
mixed; mixing; mixes

Definition of mix

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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 upmixes 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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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

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 The Cameroonian saxophone player achieved global fame in the 1970s for his style of mixing jazz with traditional music from his home country. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Eddie Sutton, legendary college basketball coach, dies at 84," 24 May 2020 Ardern started doing weekly updates, often from home, mixing comments about nap time with details about poverty or transportation legislation. Damien Cave, BostonGlobe.com, "New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sold a drastic lockdown with straight talk and mom jokes," 23 May 2020 Children should be supervised if using hand sanitizer. c. Restrict mixing between groups of children. Anchorage Daily News, "Read the full text of the state of Alaska’s guidance for phases 3 and 4 of reopening," 22 May 2020 Pennsylvania’s and Maine’s decisions to mix the two tests have not been previously reported. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’," 21 May 2020 Kentucky funds schools through the SEEK funding formula that mixes state and local tax dollars. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS school board approves tax increase. Now, it faces Louisville taxpayers," 21 May 2020 The station spoke with some employees who have mixed feelings about being back on the line. CBS News, "Thousands forced to leave Ford plant on day after it reopened," 20 May 2020 PowerToys previously delivered the excellent FancyZones utility, which allows you to automatically mix and match windows on your screen like Windows Snap on steroids. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 moves closer to 'true' Linux with graphical support for WSL2," 19 May 2020 Business owners: Any aid helps Business owners have had mixed luck with getting small business loans. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Smaller Arizona cities, counties want fair share of state's $1.86 billion in COVID-19 aid to help their communities," 19 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The show, which ran from 2009 to 2015, featured a high school glee club that was a mix of nerds, cheerleaders, athletes, and other characters. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Ryan Murphy shares idea for 'film Twitter' Glee reboot with Timothée Chalamet, Brad Pitt, and more," 24 May 2020 As is often the case at EU institutions, its staff are a mix of the crème de la crème and dregs sent by national capitals as a reward for good behaviour or to be kept out of the way. The Economist, "Charlemagne The wizards of Luxembourg," 21 May 2020 One way is the use of intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, which is a mix of antibodies given through a vein to help calm down the inflammation. Essence, "A New Way Coronavirus Might Be Showing Up In Children," 21 May 2020 For those looking toward the Memorial Day weekend, early indications are a mix of clouds and showers. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Clouds, showers persist; high 62," 19 May 2020 Like the first season, this one is a brisk mix of narrative segments featuring Cox, combined with footage apparently shot by the couples themselves. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, "‘9 Months:’ Alabama sisters featured in Courteney Cox series on pregnancy," 13 May 2020 Similarly, the book itself is a mix of larger-than-life provocation and smaller, more relatable gestures. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Diary of a Drag Queen” and the Journey to Self-Invention," 13 May 2020 Douglas County, a wealthy county that is a mix of suburban and rural areas, has had 28 deaths due to the virus, about 3% of the statewide count. CBS News, "Colorado restaurant shut down after video shows big crowd inside," 12 May 2020 Mother's Day this year is a mix of love and extra imagination as families do without their usual brunches and huggy meet-ups. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mother's Day in 2020: A mix of love and imagination," 10 May 2020

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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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The first known use of mix was in the 15th century

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28 May 2020

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“Mix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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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.

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