American English

Definition of mix verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mix
    he / she / it mixes
    past simple mixed
    -ing form mixing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] if two or more substances mix or you mix them, they combine, usually in a way that means they cannot easily be separated Oil and water do not mix. mix with something Oil does not mix with water. mix A and B (together) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If you mix blue and yellow, you get green. mix A with B I don't like to mix business with pleasure (= combine social events with doing business).
  2. 2[transitive] to prepare something by combining two or more different substances mix something With this line of paints, you can mix your own colors. mix something for somebody Why don't you mix a cocktail for our guests? mix somebody something Why don't you mix our guests a cocktail?
  3. 3[intransitive] if two or more things, people, or activities do not mix, they are likely to cause problems or danger if they are combined Children and fireworks don't mix.
  4. meet people
  5. 4[intransitive] mix (with somebody) to meet and talk to different people, especially at social events synonym socialize They don't mix much with the neighbors. We've worked together for years but never mixed socially.
  6. music/sounds
  7. 5[transitive] mix something (technology) to combine different recordings of voices and/or instruments to produce a single piece of music
  8. 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/gentlyIdioms
    be/get mixed up in something
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    to be/become involved in something, especially something illegal or dishonest Don't tell me you're mixed up in all of this?
    be/get mixed up with somebody
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    to be/become friendly with or involved with someone that other people do not approve of He got mixed up with a crowd that was into drugs and crime.
    mix and match
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    to combine things in different ways for different purposes You can mix and match courses to suit your requirements.
    mix it up (with somebody) (informal)
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    to argue with someone or cause trouble
    Phrasal Verbsmix somethingin (with something)mix something into somethingmix something into/to somethingmix somethingupmix somebody/something up (with somebody/something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mix