\ 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 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


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 Over the years, Portland audiences have grown to love Brazil’s hypnotic Grupo Corpo, which mixes contemporary dance with athletic Afro-Brazilian movement. oregonlive, "Hip-hop, Brazilian athleticism and a classic fairy tale step up the winter dance season," 6 Jan. 2020 This can be made by hand with a mixing bowl; add the butter and quickly combine into the flour using fingers or two forks or a pastry blender. 1. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "These pies are a handy way to start the new year," 2 Jan. 2020 Cho said of the film, which mixes horror with social commentary on racial dynamics in 21st century America. Jami Ganz, SFChronicle.com, "John Cho talks about injecting diversity into the horror genre he used to avoid," 2 Jan. 2020 When two infants died after nurses inadvertently mixed the vaccine with muscle relaxant instead of sterile water, the country temporarily suspended the vaccination program. BostonGlobe.com, "Since September, over 5,600 measles cases have been recorded in the Pacific island nation of about 200,000 people, the Health Ministry said. At least 81 people have died, many of them younger than 5.," 31 Dec. 2019 The Indoor Nationals will span five days of events including singles, doubles and mixed doubles in skill and age brackets. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Pickleball National Indoor Championship to be held in Hoover," 29 Dec. 2019 Return on $1,000 investment: $18,070 Roger Wittenberg began mixing sawdust with shredded plastic bags to create a plastic that resembled wood but was more durable. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "What a $1,000 Investment in Netflix and 9 Other Top Stocks a Decade Ago Would Be Worth Today," 28 Dec. 2019 Plus, mixing The Supremes and Diana Ross solo, Ross likewise led in the '60s, '70s and '80s. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Justin Bieber's Best-Selling Albums & Most-Streamed Songs: Ask Billboard Mailbag," 27 Dec. 2019 While the day-after-Christmas traffic might not mix well with weather, the two have been linked before. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Rain, snow and wind could complicate post-holiday travel out West," 26 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plebiscite will contain a second question asking voters whether citizens selected by their communities or a mix of such citizens with politicians already in office should be responsible for drafting a new constitution. cleveland, "Cleveland Heights resident sees firsthand the unrest in his Chilean homeland," 31 Dec. 2019 Steady rainfall throughout Saturday and a mix of rain, sleet and snow overnight clinched the record early Sunday morning in Sioux Falls, according to the National Weather Service. USA TODAY, "Navajo ‘Baby Shark,’ Stanley Hotel, final ‘Plunge for Pete’: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2019 Given as two drops into a child’s mouth, OPV for decades contained a mix of three weakened polio viruses, one for each of the three wild serotypes that have long plagued humanity. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Polio eradication program faces hard choices as endgame strategy fails," 30 Dec. 2019 All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years. Jim Robbins, Wired, "It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising," 30 Dec. 2019 Now: Grafton works out every day doing a mix of cardio and weights. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Get Inspired by These Incredible Weight Loss Transformations," 30 Dec. 2019 The CityCentre developers are planning a new community east of downtown, which will include a mix of multi-family housing, office space, restaurants entertainment venues and retailers. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Before and after: 5 years of Houston skyscrapers and high-rise construction," 27 Dec. 2019 Primarily marketed to people over the age of 50, The Exercise Coach offers personalized 20-minute training sessions that incorporate a mix of strength and cardiovascular training, according to the website. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood's 'ugliest' building has rebounded with $500,000 in renovations and a new tenant," 27 Dec. 2019 Those jaw-dropping routines that are rewriting her sport’s code of points and redefining what can be done on the competition floor? Borne from a mix of natural talent, hard work and a splash of ego. Will Graves, The Denver Post, "Simone Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year," 26 Dec. 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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9 Jan 2020

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“Mix.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixes%20it%20up. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce mix (audio)

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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