mix1 W3S2 [mıks] v
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: mixte 'mixed' (13-17 centuries), from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere 'to mix']
1.) [I and T]
if you mix two or more substances or if they mix, they combine to become a single substance, and they cannot be easily separated
Oil and water don't mix.
mix (sth) with sth
Shake the bottle well so that the oil mixes with the vinegar.
The powder is mixed with cold water to form a paste.
Mix the soured cream with ketchup and tomatoes.
mix sth together
First mix the butter and sugar together, then add the milk.
mix sth in
Mix in 75g of butter.
mix sth into sth
Mix the herbs into the sauce.
2.) [T]
to combine two or more different activities, ideas, groups of things etc
Their musical style mixes elements of Eastern culture and Western pop.
mix sth with sth
His books mix historical fact with fantasy.
I don't like to mix business with pleasure (=combine business and social activities at the same time) .
to meet, talk, and spend time with other people, especially people you do not know very well
= ↑socialize mix with
Charlie doesn't mix well with the other children.
4.) not mix
if two different ideas, activities etc do not mix, there are problems when they are combined
Smoking and babies don't mix.
5.) [T] [i]also mix up
to prepare something, especially food or drink, by mixing things together
Will you mix us some martinis, Bill?
6.) mix and match
to choose to put different things together from a range of possibilities
They can mix and match their uniform, wearing either a sweatshirt or blouse with trousers or a skirt.
7.) [T] technical
to control the balance of sounds in a record or film
8.) mix it (up) informal to get involved in a fight with someone
You don't want to mix it with him. He's been drinking since noon.
mix up [mix sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to make the mistake of thinking that someone or something is another person or thing
= ↑confuse, muddle up ↑muddle up mix somebody/something<=>up with
I always mix him up with his brother. They look so much alike.
I think you might be mixing up Wetherall and Newton.
I must have got the times mixed up .
2.) to change the way things have been arranged, often by mistake, so that they are no longer in the same order
My papers got all mixed up .
Books on Scottish history were mixed up with books on volcanoes.
3.) to make someone feel confused
They kept trying to mix me up.
4.) to prepare something by mixing things together
It was hard work mixing up four tonnes of cement.
→↑mixed up, mix-up
mix 2
mix2 n
1.) [singular]
the particular combination of things or people in a group or thing
mix of
a good mix of people
We felt that between us we had the right mix of skills.
a complicated mix of colours and textures
the region's rich ethnic mix (=people of different races)
2.) [U and C]
a combination of substances that you mix together to make something such as a cake
= ↑mixture
cake/soup etc mix
Add water to the cake mix and bake at 375°F.
a particular arrangement of sounds, voices, or different pieces of music used on a ↑pop record
the dance mix

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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