\ 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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mixable \ ˈmik-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce mix (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 Bring mixture to a boil and boil gently — but do not mix or disturb —until it is reduced by half, or registers 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Susan Dietrich Hassler, Star Tribune, "Got a maple tree? How to make homemade maple syrup from your own backyard," 3 Mar. 2021 This week, new research provides a stark reminder that COVID-19 and the gym don't mix particularly well. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "COVID-19 at the Gym: Every Single Participant in This Maskless Cycling Class Got Coronavirus," 26 Feb. 2021 New research has found that prisons and kids don’t mix. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "Most 14- and 15-year-olds cannot be tried as adults, California high court rules," 25 Feb. 2021 Grisham has also been accused of holding several in-person meetings in her New Mexico mansion, despite previous guidance urging residents of the state to stay apart and not mix households. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "New Mexico governor spent thousands in taxypayer money on groceries, liquor, and dry cleaning: Report," 21 Feb. 2021 The college was strong as well, but the town and gown didn't really mix. Freep.com, "Albion College has strong connection to downtown," 13 Feb. 2021 In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork, 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of the ginger and mix together to incorporate. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "A recipe for a spicy bowl of dan dan noodles that wakes up the taste buds," 12 Feb. 2021 Many hotels mix synthetic and down pillows to help create varying density and firmness. Kyle Valenta, Star Tribune, "Sleep on it," 12 Feb. 2021 For one thing, the beauty industry has long catered primarily to those with fairer complexions, often leaving people of color to mix their own complementary shades. New York Times, "The T List: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, Part II," 11 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden’s climate advisor Gina McCarthy today downplayed the role of regulations and standards in the administration’s policy mix. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Murkowski demonstrates influence in advancing Haaland nomination," 4 Mar. 2021 Then there’s delivery, which has doubled during the pandemic and is now about 12-to-13% of the company’s mix. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, "How Checkers & Rally’s Plans To Win At The Drive-Thru As More Chains Focus On The Channel," 4 Mar. 2021 Trapsoul got its title from the mix of genres that Tiller brought together, taking the popular flows and cadences of modern trap music when needed but relying mostly on the melodies and sentiments of classic soul music. Dewayne Gage, Rolling Stone, "How Bryson Tiller Unlocked His Classic Sound on ‘Anniversary’," 4 Mar. 2021 By increasing the palmitic acids in cattle feed, dairy farmers would be able to change the mix in their cows’ milk, increasing butterfat without increasing the overall quantity of milk. Karen Ho, Quartz, "The economics driving Canada’s “buttergate”," 4 Mar. 2021 Pull something away and the mix becomes more clear. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Mark Farner talks new live DVD, Grand Funk Railroad hits, Rock Hall snub," 3 Mar. 2021 The Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix comes with a shaker and dressing mix. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Salad Dressing Container," 3 Mar. 2021 Félix Hernández, Matt Harvey, Wade LeBlanc and reliever Fernando Abad seem to be in the Opening Day roster mix. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "What the reported delay of the Triple-A season and return of alternate training sites mean for the Orioles," 3 Mar. 2021 Thousands of doses have already gone to waste because of power failures, paperwork mix-ups and a shifting jumble of state and local guidelines about what to do with leftovers. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Buying Bruce Springsteen Tickets’: The Hunt to Find a Vaccine Shot," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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“Mix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mix. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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