|Origin:||mixte 'mixed' (13-17 centuries), from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere 'to mix'|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
if you mix two or more substances or if they mix, they combine to become a single substance, and they cannot be easily separated:
Oil and water don't mix.
mix (something) with something
Shake the bottle well so that the oil mixes with the vinegar.
The powder is mixed with cold water to form a paste.
Mix the soured cream with ketchup.
mix something together
First mix the butter and sugar together, then add the milk.
mix something in
Mix in 75g of butter.
mix something into something
Mix the herbs into the sauce.
to combine two or more different activities, ideas, groups of things etc:
Their musical style mixes elements of Eastern culture and Western pop.
to meet, talk, and spend time with other people, especially people you do not know very well [= socialize]
Charlie doesn't mix well with the other children.
if two different ideas, activities etc do not mix, there are problems when they are combined:
Smoking and babies don't mix.
5 [transitive] also mix upDFCDFD
to prepare something, especially food or drink, by mixing things together:
Will you mix us some martinis, Bill?
to choose to put different things together from a range of possibilities:
They can mix and match their uniform, wearing either a sweatshirt or blouse with trousers or a skirt.
7 [transitive] technicalAMTCR
to control the balance of sounds in a record or film
to get involved in a fight with someone:
You don't want to mix it with him. He's been drinking since noon.
mix somebody/something ↔ upphrasal verb
to make the mistake of thinking that someone or something is another person or thing [= confuse, muddle up]
mix somebody/something ↔ up with
I always mix him up with his brother. They look so much alike.
I think you might be mixing up Wetherall and Newton.
I must have got the times mixed up.
to change the way things have been arranged, often by mistake, so that they are no longer in the same order:
My papers got all mixed up.
Books on Scottish history were mixed up with books on volcanoes.
to make someone feel confused:
They kept trying to mix me up.
to prepare something by mixing things together:
It was hard work mixing up four tonnes of cement.