mix ( mixes plural & 3rd person present) ( mixing present participle) ( mixed past tense & past participle )
1 v-recip If two substances mix or if you mix one substance with another, you stir or shake them together, or combine them in some other way, so that they become a single substance.
Oil and water don't mix... pl-n V
It mixes easily with cold or hot water to make a tasty, filling drink... V with n
A quick stir will mix them thoroughly... V pl-n
Mix the cinnamon with the rest of the sugar... V n with n
Mix the ingredients together slowly. V n with adv
This final part of the mixing is done slowly and delicately.
2 verb If you mix something, you prepare it by mixing other things together.
He had spent several hours mixing cement... V n
Are you sure I can't mix you a drink? V n n
3 n-var A mix is a powder containing all the substances that you need in order to make something such as a cake or a sauce. When you want to use it, you add liquid.
usu supp N
For speed we used packets of pizza dough mix...
4 n-count A mixof different things or people is two or more of them together.
usu sing, with supp
The story is a magical mix of fantasy and reality..., We get a very representative mix of people.
5 v-recip If two things or activities do not mix or if one thing does not mixwith another, it is not a good idea to have them or do them together, because the result would be unpleasant or dangerous.
usu with brd-neg
Politics and sport don't mix. pl-n V
...some of these pills that don't mix with drink... V with n
Ted managed to mix business with pleasure... V n with n
The military has accused the clergy of mixing religion and politics. V pl-n
6 v-recip If you mixwith other people, you meet them and talk to them. You can also say that people mix.
I ventured the idea that the secret of staying young was to mix with older people... V with n
People are supposed to mix, do you understand?... pl-n V
When you came away you made a definite effort to mix. V (non-recip)
7 verb When a record producer mixes a piece of music, he or she puts together the various sounds that have been recorded in order to make the finished record.
They've been mixing tracks for a new album due out later this year. V n
Final mixing should be completed by the end of this week.
to mix your metaphors
metaphor mix up
1 phrasal verb If you mix up two things or people, you confuse them, so that you think that one of them is the other one.
People often mix me up with other actors... V n P with n
Depressed people may mix up their words... V P pl-n (not pron)
Any time you told one of them something, they'd swear you'd mixed them up and told the other. V pl-n P
2 phrasal verb If you mix up a number of things, you put things of different kinds together or place things so that they are not in order.
I like to mix up designer clothes... V P pl-n (not pron)
Part of the plan was that the town should not fall into office, industrial and residential zones, but mix the three up together... V pl-n P
This is music from a different era. I've taken those sounds from childhood and mixed them up with other things. V n P with n
mixing bowl ( mixing bowls plural ) A mixing bowl is a large bowl used for mixing ingredients. n-count