\ 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


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 Overall, the day ends up fairly comfortable, as clouds may mix with sun most of the time. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Season’s first flakes spotted as coldest air so far arrives," 8 Nov. 2019 In Alaska, one of the biggest markers of climate change is melting permafrost, which has mixed with record-high temperatures to cause ground and forest fires that burn for months. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Extreme Weather Could Wreak Havoc on Cemeteries," 7 Nov. 2019 Soft music pours from the speakers, mixing with the sound of water gurgling in the fountains, while moms with Gwyneth Paltrow hair push strollers. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Why is Walnut Creek the best-dressed spot in the Bay Area?," 6 Nov. 2019 That’s the thing that’s sort of tricky – how much of it is fun mixed in with work and seriousness? Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Lake Oswego’s Steve Coury named All-American Bowl head coach; Parkrose’s Keanon Lowe named assistant coach," 5 Nov. 2019 His version of pumpkin spice includes a base of cinnamon mixed with ginger, nutmeg, all spice and clove. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 things we learned at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience," 4 Nov. 2019 Most of the local restaurants smoke their lamb ribs with mesquite or mesquite mixed with pecan. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Lamb ribs are fatty heaven and easy to cook," 4 Nov. 2019 The fumes drift toward New Delhi and its suburbs, mixing with construction dust, vehicle emissions and smoke from fireworks displays during Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. New York Times, "What India Looks Like When the Air Turns to Poison," 4 Nov. 2019 There's a hearty, slightly spiced and caramelized poutine — Belgian-style fries mixed with shreddings of beef cheek. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mixtape: Dining Review," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of college football’s biggest treasures now can be seen on the horizon for Minnesota, one of five remaining unbeaten teams, including a clearer path to the Big Ten Championship Game and being in the mix for a College Football Playoff spot. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers’ bizzarro world: playoff chatter, Rose Bowl hopes and maybe a Heisman Trophy candidate," 10 Nov. 2019 Langer is still in the mix for his record sixth season title. BostonGlobe.com, "Jeff Maggert kept the lead Saturday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, while Jerry Kelly had one of the best rounds of the day to get back in the fight for the PGA Tour Champions’ season points title.," 10 Nov. 2019 Ohio State, Oregon, Georgia and UCLA are all in the mix, and Michigan offered this week following Johnson's retirement. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football recruiting in holding pattern as it approaches end of season," 7 Nov. 2019 Because the most concerning problem for the conference right now isn’t the SEC, which has three teams (2 LSU, 3 Alabama, 6 Georgia) in the mix. oregonlive, "Canzano: No. 7 is a good start, but Oregon Ducks need to win beauty pageant to reach College Football Playoff," 6 Nov. 2019 With cornerback Anthony Averett included in the mix, the Ravens have a lot of options and might be able to prevent a player from being isolated in certain situations. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s midseason report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 6-2 start," 5 Nov. 2019 Initially, only a dozen out of 400 FreeSync monitors made the cut, but those numbers have grown in recent months, and now TVs are in the mix, too. Ben Patterson, PCWorld, "LG rolls out firmware update enabling G-Sync compatibility for its 2019 OLED TVs," 1 Nov. 2019 To kind of actually be in the mix of all that was really cool. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "‘I Thought It Was Me’," 30 Oct. 2019 Karim Benzema found himself in the mix straight away, first playing the ball across the box for Rodrygo to tap into an empty net, before turning provider once more to feed Toni Kroos who doubled the hosts lead inside eight minutes. SI.com, "Real Madrid 5-0 Leganes: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Move Up to Second in La Liga," 30 Oct. 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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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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