American English

Definition of blend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blend
    he / she / it blends
    past simple blended
    -ing form blending
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  1. 1[transitive] to mix two or more substances together blend A with B Blend the flour with the milk to make a smooth paste. blend A and B (together) Blend together the eggs, sugar, and flour. Thesaurusmixstir mingle blendThese words all refer to substances, qualities, ideas, or feelings combining or being combined.mix to combine two or more substances, qualities, ideas, or feelings, usually in a way that means they cannot easily be separated; to be combined in this way:Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Oil and water do not mix.stir to move a liquid or substance around, using a spoon or something similar, in order to mix it thoroughly:She stirred her coffee.mingle to combine or be combined Mingle can be used to talk about sounds, colors, feelings, ideas, qualities, or substances. It is used in written English to talk about how a scene or event appears to someone or how they experience it:The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. He felt a kind of happiness mingled with regret.blend to mix two or more substances or flavors together; to be mixed together:Blend the flour with the milk to make a smooth paste.mix or blend?If you blend things when you are cooking, you usually combine them more completely than if you just mix them. Mix can be used to talk about colors, feelings, or qualities as well as food and substances. In this meaning, blend is mostly used in the context of cooking. It is also used to talk about art, music, fashion, etc. with the meaning of “combine in an attractive way.”Patterns to mix/mingle/blend (something) with something to mix/stir/blend something into something to mix/stir/mingle/blend something together to mix/stir/blend ingredients to mix/mingle/blend flavors to mix/blend colors to mix/stir/blend something thoroughly/well/gently
  2. 2[intransitive] to form a mixture with something blend with something Oil does not blend with water. blend (together) Oil and water do not blend.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to combine with something in an attractive or effective way; to combine something in this way blend (something) (together) The old and new buildings blend together perfectly. blend something (and/with something) Their music blends traditional and modern styles.
  4. 4[transitive, usually passive] blend something to produce something by mixing different types together blended whiskey/tea
  5. Idioms
    blend/fade into the woodwork
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    to behave in a way that does not attract any attention; to disappear or hide
    Phrasal Verbsblend in (with something/somebody)blend somethinginblend into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: blend