Etymology: 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
Date: 15th century
(1) to combine or blend into one mass
(2) to combine with another
b. to bring into close association <mix business with pleasure> 2. a. 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 up <mixes things up in his eagerness to speak out — Irving Howe> intransitive verb 1. a. to become mixed b. to be capable of mixing 2. to enter into relations ; associate 3. crossbreed 4. to become involved ; participate <decided not to mix in politics> • mixable adjective Synonyms: 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>. II. noun Date: circa 1586 1. an act or process of mixing 2. a product of mixing: 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 amenities — London Times> 3. mixer 2b
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.