Meaning of “mix” in the English Dictionary

"mix" in British English

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mix verb (COMBINE)

A2 [ I or T ] to (cause different substances to) combine, so that the result cannot easily be separated into its parts:

Oil and water don't mix. Even if you shake them together they separate into two layers.
Radioactive material was mixed in/up (with) the effluent.
Mix the eggs into the flour.
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and raisins.
[ + two objects ] Shall I mix (= make) you a cocktail?

B1 [ T ] to have or do two or more things, such as activities or qualities, at the same time:

Some people are happy to mix business with/and pleasure, but I'm not one of them.

More examples

  • Crack three eggs into a bowl and mix them together.
  • Mash the potatoes and then mix in the butter and herbs.
  • Pour the honey into the bowl and mix it thoroughly with the other ingredients.
  • Wet the powder thoroughly and mix to remove lumps.
  • Mash the bananas to a pulp and then mix in the yogurt.

mix verb (BE WITH PEOPLE)

B2 [ I ] to be with or communicate well with other people:

Do you mix with a wide variety of people in your job?
She mixes very well - I guess that's why she's so popular.


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mix noun (COMBINE)

B1 [ C usually singular ] a combination:

There was an odd mix of people at Patrick's party.
"She's studying physics and philosophy." "That's an interesting mix."

[ C or U ] something that is sold in the form of a powder to which a liquid, such as water, can be added later:

More examples

  • The earth's core is a hot, molten mix of iron and nickel.
  • The factory's workforce reflects the ethnic mix from which it draws its labour.
  • His choreography is described as 'a hybrid mix of mime and circus tricks'.
  • Their music was a mix of old stuff and selections from the new album.
  • The result was to further unbalance the monetary-fiscal policy mix and to push up the pound.

(Definition of “mix” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mix" in American English

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us /mɪks/

mix verb (COMBINE)

[ I/T ] to combine different substances, esp. so that the result cannot easily be separated into its parts, or to cause different substances to combine in this way:

[ I ] Oil and water don’t mix.
[ T ] Mix two eggs into the flour.
[ T ] He mixed the blue paint with white to lighten it.

[ I/T ] To mix is also to combine or put in the same place:

[ T ] The report mixed together a lot of different ideas in a confusing way.

mix verb (SOCIALIZE)

[ I ] (of a person) to be comfortable being with or talking to other people in social situations, esp. people you do not know:

She is very shy and has trouble mixing at parties.

mixnoun [ C/U ]

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mix noun [ C/U ] (COMBINE)

a combination of different things or people:

[ C usually sing ] There was an interesting mix of people at Jean’s party.

A mix is also a food substance that you can buy and to which a liquid, such as water or milk, can be added later when preparing to cook something:

[ C ] a cake mix

(Definition of “mix” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mix" in Business English

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[ C ] a combination of different things or people:

a mix of sth The board will continue to have the right mix of skills and experience to drive the company forward.
The new property developments feature a mix of retail and residential uses.
The money is invested in a diversified portfolio, a mix of real estate, stocks, and bonds.
We use various fuel mixes to power our generating plants.

[ S ] a situation which consists of several different things or people:

in/into the mix But even if Internet ads are creeping into the mix, television is still their most important marketing medium.

[ C or U ] something that is sold in the form of a powder and to which a liquid, such as water, can be added later:

cake/cement mix The company chops and sells the nylon fabric to other firms that turn it into new carpet, cement mix, or sewer pipes.


uk /mɪks/ us

[ I, T ] to have or do two or more qualities, styles, activities, etc at the same time:

She never mixes business with pleasure.

[ I ] to meet and talk to other people, especially in a social situation:

He was never very comfortable when it came to mixing with the senior staff.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “mix” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)