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Definition of mingle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mingle
    he / she / it mingles
    past simple mingled
    -ing form mingling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to combine or make one thing combine with another The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the night air. mingle (A) (with B) Her tears mingled with the blood on her face. He felt a kind of happiness mingled with regret. mingle (A and B) (together) The flowers mingle together to form a blaze of color. 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 move among people and talk to them, especially at a social event synonym circulate The princess was not recognized and mingled freely with the crowds. If you'll excuse me, I must go and mingle (= talk to other guests).
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