\ 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 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

Easy to capture Because the CO2 directly produced in this process is much more concentrated than normal—mixed only with the oxygen gas—capturing that CO2 would be easier and cheaper than at a conventional cement plant. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water to make cement could clean up a dirty industry," 17 Sep. 2019 Drone Out of Water Drones and water usually do not mix. Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 Sep. 2019 The current mixes them, resulting in fertilization. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’," 16 Sep. 2019 However, the response from critics has been mixed and the conversations and ratings are nowhere near Lost‘s numbers and reach. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Netflix's The I-Land tries (and fails) to be the next Lost — just like these 11 other shows," 14 Sep. 2019 But the New Mexico farmers have mixed feelings about the way in which their chile has exploded in popularity. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Hatch Chile Season Became the Pumpkin Spice of the Southwest," 13 Sep. 2019 The evidence is mixed that quantitative easing is an effective policy. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "The European Central Bank cut rates again, but will it matter?," 12 Sep. 2019 Reaction from Oakwood alumni has been mixed online. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Students, alumni share stories of sexual assault at Oakwood University; school responds," 7 Sep. 2019 The verdict is mixed, according to some of today's designers, hosts, and party gurus. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Did Instagram Kill the Round Dining Table?," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As for frontrunner Biden, Colbert brought up the former vice president's mix-up of calling Senator Sanders president. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Late Night Lately: Debate Reactions, Trump's Latest Twitter Feud, James Corden on Fat Shaming," 14 Sep. 2019 The most diverse family of animals on the planet just got a little bit younger due to a possible mix-up in the fossil record. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fossil Beetle Mix-Up Could Rewrite the History of the Largest Family of Animals on Earth," 10 Sep. 2019 Although defensive mix-ups are quickly becoming a trademark for the national team, England didn't take too much time to stamp their authority on the match and get level through Raheem Sterling... SI.com, "Kosov-No! Twitter Reacts as England Concede After 34 Seconds in Euro 2020 Qualifier," 10 Sep. 2019 Prince George County is occasionally mistaken for Prince George’s County, Md., leading officials in the Maryland county to issue a statement after a news service issued a bulletin about the fuel mix-up. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Virginia county declares emergency after diesel tanks are wrongly filled with gasoline," 9 Sep. 2019 But the 39-year-old pastor and Army veteran who served in Iraq seemed to handle the mix-up just fine. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'I'm a victim of a drive-by tweet': Kentucky pastor mistakenly flamed by miffed Trump," 3 Sep. 2019 Health authorities have blamed the packaging mix-up involving the topical treatment Minoxidil and omeprazole syrup, which is used for stomach problems, on Farma-Quimica Sur. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 1 Sep. 2019 This nail artists deserves the award for best nail art drip, thanks to the mix-up of stiletto and coffin nail shapes. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Kylie Jenner’s Latest Nail Art Is Reigniting the Paint Drip Manicure Trend," 22 Aug. 2019 But the sale was marred by a confusing mix-up on the auction stage. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "$17 million or $70 million? 1930s Porsche fails to sell after auction snafu," 18 Aug. 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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