[ ming-guhl ]
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verb (used without object),min·gled, min·gling.
  1. to become mixed, blended, or united:The herbs and spices mingled to produce an exquisite odor that permeated the house.

  2. to associate, mix, or interact in company with others, as at a social event: At the party she mingled with some interesting people.

  1. to join or take part with others, as in activities or causes: I used to like his blog, but he’s started to mingle with bigots.

verb (used with object),min·gled, min·gling.
  1. to mix or combine; put together in a mixture; blend: During much of history, noble families mingled their bloodlines and forged new alliances.

  2. to unite, join, or conjoin.

  1. to associate in company: a hostess who mingles diplomats with executives.

  2. to form by mixing; compound; concoct.

  1. mingles, two or more single, unrelated adults who live together.

  2. a social event at which people associate, mix, or interact with others: The Chamber of Commerce hosted a mingle for the town's small business owners to kick off their Buy Local campaign.

Origin of mingle

First recorded in 1425–75; Late Middle English menglen, frequentative of meng(en) “to mix,” Old English mengan; cognate with Dutch, German mengen ) + -(e)len; see origin at -le

synonym study For mingle

4. See mix.

Other words for mingle

Other words from mingle

  • min·gle·ment, noun
  • mingler, noun
  • re·min·gle, verb, re·min·gled, re·min·gling.
  • un·min·gled, adjective
  • well-mingled, adjective

Words Nearby mingle

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How to use mingle in a sentence

  • It was her delight to mingle politics and chivalric devotion, in their long conferences.

  • As the two fluids mingle, the effect upon various structures may be seen.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • It was a habit with him to disguise himself in ordinary clothing and then to go out and mingle with the common people.

    Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
  • They also showed a curious tendency to mingle their scientific speculations with ancient and base superstitions.

    Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • The conjoint movement of the leaders toward the Indian bivouac was a signal for their followers to mingle and exchange greetings.

    Overland | John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for mingle


/ (ˈmɪŋɡəl) /

  1. to mix or cause to mix

  2. (intr often foll by with) to come into close association

Origin of mingle

C15: from Old English mengan to mix; related to Middle Dutch mengen, Old Frisian mengja

Derived forms of mingle

  • mingler, noun

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