Definition of blend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    blend

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    verb
    BrE BrE//blend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blend
    BrE BrE//blend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blend//
     
    he / she / it blends
    BrE BrE//blendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blendz//
     
    past simple blended
    BrE BrE//ˈblendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblendɪd//
     
    past participle blended
    BrE BrE//ˈblendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblendɪd//
     
    -ing form blending
    BrE BrE//ˈblendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblendɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food
     
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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. Synonymsmixstir 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 tea.mingle to combine or be combined. Mingle can be used to talk about sounds, colours, feelings, ideas, qualities or substances. It is used in written English to talk about how a scene or event appears to somebody 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 flavours 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 colours, 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/​mingle/​blend something into something to mix/​stir/​mingle/​blend something together to mix/​stir/​blend ingredients to mix/​mingle/​blend flavours to mix/​blend colours mixed/​mingled feelings to mix/​stir/​blend something thoroughly/​well/​gently See related entries: Preparing food
  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 whisky/tea
  5. Word Origin Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Old Norse blanda ‘to mix’.Extra examples Add the fruit and cream and blend well. Blend a little milk with two tablespoons of syrup. Blend all the ingredients together. Blend the cocoa into the eggs. I have very little idea of how to blend colours. The carpet doesn’t blend in with the rest of the room. The colour of the carpet doesn’t blend in. The ornamental pool blends perfectly with its surroundings. Blend together the eggs, sugar and flour. This process allows the flavours to blend together.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 inblend somethinginblend into something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blend