Blend Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster


\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended also blent\ ˈblent How to pronounce blend (audio) \; blending

Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as
a : a product prepared by blending
b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

Other Words from blend


blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce blend (audio) \ adjective

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mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel. Noun a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of showcasing stainless steel, designers are creating custom hood covers that integrate with the cabinetry, or using plaster to blend them seamlessly into the walls., 21 Oct. 2021 Smooth the soil to blend it from the root flare to the surrounding soil level. Keep watering. Beth Botts,, 28 Aug. 2021 Or for a more smudgey take, Feldman says to use a pencil on your lash line, and blend it up and out with a smudger brush. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 26 July 2021 Berry also recommends checking with local waste haulers, municipalities and schools; many have programs to collect paints, blend them and use them on community projects. Dan Shapley, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2021 Find ideas in outside industries and genres and blend them into your own industry. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, 6 July 2021 People could write about a difficulty on a piece of paper, blend it into a pulp, then pour it over a screen to make recycled paper art. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2021 Le Diascorn calls himself a négociant en vin (wine negotiator), and envisions his role similar to the one of a creative director, choosing juices, daring to blend them, and creatively reinterpreting wine presentation at the same time. Vogue, 25 June 2021 Add the garlic to mashed potatoes or blend it into dressings, and use the oil to drizzle on roasted vegetables or to make a vinaigrette. Washington Post, 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the other hand, Gray offers a blend of fairly substantial but still team-friendly salary that could make a trade realistic. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 25 Nov. 2021 On top of that, the pods will add a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 This recipe, adapted from Serious Eats, uses a blend of ground beef and pork for maximum flavor. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2021 Harkins, 55, was dismissed for providing a blend of sticky substances to visiting pitchers to aid their grip of the ball. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 For the show, five cast members and one musical director, who accompanies the cast on piano, present a seasonal blend of satire in scenes, songs and improvisation. Randall G. Mielke,, 16 Nov. 2021 Amarone that includes a blend of a handful of vineyards from the Valpantena area, as well as comparing the two 2019 Ripasso equivalents. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 This current Colts team has a fascinating blend of those characters. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Nov. 2021 Essential Mashed Potatoes, for example, uses a blend of primarily half-and-half combined with a little butter and olive oil. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results
: to exist together as a combination



English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things


\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart
2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.
blend in
: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending
2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word "smog" is a blend of "smoke" and "fog."

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