verb (used with object), mixed or mixt, mix·ing.

  1. to combine (substances, elements, things, etc.) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents.
  2. to put together indiscriminately or confusedly (often followed by up).
  3. to combine, unite, or join: to mix business and pleasure.
  4. to add as an element or ingredient: Mix some salt into the flour.
  5. to form or make by combining ingredients: to mix a cake; to mix mortar.
  6. to crossbreed.
  7. Movies.
    1. to combine, blend, edit, etc. (the various components of a soundtrack): to mix dialogue and sound effects.
    2. to complete the mixing process on (a film, soundtrack, etc.): an important movie that took months to mix.
  8. to combine (two or more separate recordings or microphone signals) to make a single recording or composite signal.

verb (used without object), mixed or mixt, mix·ing.

  1. to become mixed: a paint that mixes easily with water.
  2. to associate or mingle, as in company: to mix with the other guests at a party.
  3. to be crossbred, or of mixed breeding.
  4. Boxing. to exchange blows vigorously and aggressively: The crowd jeered as the fighters clinched, refusing to mix.


  1. an act or instance of mixing.
  2. the result of mixing; mixture: cement mix; an odd mix of gaiety and sadness.
  3. a commercially prepared blend of ingredients to which usually only a liquid must be added to make up the total of ingredients necessary or obtain the desired consistency: a cake mix; muffin mix.
  4. Music. music or songs selected and recorded as a mixtape: the ultimate one-hour workout mix; a mix of Christmas songs; a DJ mix.
  5. mixer(def 4).
  6. the proportion of ingredients in a mixture; formula: a mix of two to one.
  7. Informal. a mess or muddle; mix-up.
  8. Music. an electronic blending of tracks or sounds made to produce a recording.

Verb Phrases

  1. mix down, to mix the tracks of an existing recording to make a new recording with fewer tracks: the four-track tape was mixed down to stereo.
  2. mix up,
    1. to confuse completely, especially to mistake one person or thing for another: The teacher was always mixing up the twins.
    2. to involve or entangle.


  1. mix it up, Slang.
    1. to engage in a quarrel.
    2. to fight with the fists.

    Also mix it.


  1. (tr) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
  2. (intr) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etcsome chemicals do not mix
  3. (tr) to form (something) by combining two or more constituentsto mix cement
  4. (tr; often foll by in or into) to add as an additional part or element (to a mass or compound)to mix flour into a batter
  5. (tr) to do at the same time; combineto mix study and pleasure
  6. (tr) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
  7. to come or cause to come into association sociallyPauline has never mixed well
  8. (intr often foll by with) to go together; complement
  9. (tr) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
  10. (tr) electronics to combine (two or more signals)
  11. music
    1. (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
    2. (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
  12. (tr) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
  13. mix it informal
    1. to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person namedshe tried to mix it for John
    2. to fight


  1. the act or an instance of mixing
  2. the result of mixing; mixture
  3. a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
  4. music the sound obtained by mixing
  5. building trades civil engineering the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
  6. informal a state of confusion, bewilderment

v.1530s, back-formation from Middle English myxte (early 15c.) “composed of more than one element, of mixed nature,” from Anglo-French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere “to mix, mingle, blend; fraternize with; throw into confusion,” from PIE *meik- “to mix” (cf. Sanskrit misrah “mixed,” Greek misgein, mignynai “to mix, mix up, mingle; to join, bring together; join (battle); make acquainted with,” Old Church Slavonic mešo, mesiti “to mix,” Russian meshat, Lithuanian maišau “to mix, mingle,” Welsh mysgu). Also borrowed in Old English as miscian. Related: Mixed; mixing. n.1580s, “act of mixing,” from mix (v.).

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