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[ming-guh l] /ˈmɪŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), mingled, mingling.
to become mixed, blended, or united.
to associate or mix in company:
She refuses to mingle with bigots.
to associate or take part with others; participate.
verb (used with object), mingled, mingling.
to mix or combine; put together in a mixture; blend.
to unite, join, or conjoin.
to associate in company:
a hostess who mingles diplomats with executives.
to form by mixing; compound; concoct.
mingles, two or more single, unrelated adults who live together.
Origin of mingle
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English menglen, equivalent to meng(en) to mix (Old English mengan; cognate with Dutch, German mengen) + -(e)len -le
Related forms
minglement, noun
mingler, noun
remingle, verb, remingled, remingling.
unmingled, adjective
well-mingled, adjective
4. commingle, intermingle, intermix. See mix. Unabridged
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  • He did not mingle with it, but remained aloof, always himself, and was even feared by it.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He must mingle sometimes with others, that he may be always with her!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He had also a trick to mingle his commodity, that that which was bad might go off with the least mistrust.


    James Anthony Froude
  • If he could but see her and mingle his tears with hers he would be content.

  • Must mingle other atoms with those before they stabilize in our plane.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for mingle


to mix or cause to mix
(intransitive) often foll by with. to come into close association
Derived Forms
mingler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old English mengan to mix; related to Middle Dutch mengen, Old Frisian mengja
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Word Origin and History for mingle

mid-15c., "to bring together," frequentative of Middle English myngen "to mix," from Old English mengan (related to second element in among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (cf. Old Saxon mengian, Old Norse menga, Old Frisian mendza, German mengen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, fashion, fit" (see macerate). The formation may have been suggested by cognate Middle Dutch mengelen. Of persons, "to join with others, be sociable" (intransitive), from c.1600. Related: Mingled; mingling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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