- to mix smoothly and inseparably together: to blend the ingredients in a recipe.
- to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality: Blend a little red paint with the blue paint.
- to prepare by such mixture: This tea is blended by mixing chamomile with pekoe.
- to pronounce (an utterance) as a combined sequence of sounds.
- to mix or intermingle smoothly and inseparably: I can't get the eggs and cream to blend.
- to fit or relate harmoniously; accord; go: The brown sofa did not blend with the purple wall.
- to have no perceptible separation: Sea and sky seemed to blend.
- an act or manner of blending: tea of our own blend.
- a mixture or kind produced by blending: a special blend of rye and wheat flours.
- Linguistics. a word made by putting together parts of other words, as motel, made from motor and hotel, brunch, from breakfast and lunch, or guesstimate, from guess and estimate.
- a sequence of two or more consonant sounds within a syllable, as the bl in blend; consonant cluster.
Origin of blend
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Examples from the Web for blend
There are a lot of people who go back and forth now and blend both approaches into their work.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
The group seems to blend “black bloc” anarchist street violence with social-media campaigns.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
Other times, the traffickers tried to blend in with the migrants and refugees.Hundreds of Migrants are Reported Drowned by Traffickers Near Malta
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 15, 2014
I loved his blend of Native American realism with just a touch of surrealism.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
August 22, 2014
What if we need men who can kill, sure, but who can also build and blend in and bridge gaps?‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
She divined him, moreover, to be a blend of boldness and timidity.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Gentleness and mercy should blend their benign influences with justice.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
In these peculiar circumstances the old memories will blend with the new.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
She had once been used to hear it and to blend her own with it.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
A tendency may also be observed to blend the works and opinions of the master with those of his scholars.Menexenus
- to mix or mingle (components) together thoroughly
- (tr) to mix (different grades or varieties of tea, whisky, tobacco, etc) to produce a particular flavour, consistency, etc
- (intr) to look good together; harmonize
- (intr) (esp of colours) to shade imperceptibly into each other
- a mixture or type produced by blending
- the act of blending
- Also called: portmanteau word a word formed by joining together the beginning and the end of two other words"brunch" is a blend of "breakfast" and "lunch"
Word Origin and History for blend
c.1300, blenden, "to mix, mingle, stir up a liquid," in northern writers, from or akin to rare Old English blandan "to mix," blondan (Mercian) or Old Norse blanda "to mix," or a combination of the two; from Proto-Germanic *blandan "to mix," which comes via a notion of "to make cloudy" from an extended Germanic form of the PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.); also blind (adj.)). Cf. Old Saxon and Old High German blantan, Gothic blandan, Middle High German blenden "to mix;" German Blendling "bastard, mongrel," and outside Germanic, Lithuanian blandus "troubled, turbid, thick;" Old Church Slavonic blesti "to go astray." Figurative use from early 14c. Related: Blended; blending.
"mixture formed by blending," 1690s, from blend (v.).