Definition of blend in English:

blend

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Mix (a substance) with another substance so that they combine together.

    ‘blend the cornflour with a tablespoon of water’
    ‘add the grated cheese and blend well’
    • ‘Rolled out nationwide last year, the 7-ounce drink blends fruit and nonfat yogurt.’
    • ‘Skin-smoothing banana and coconut are blended with sea salt to exfoliate and revitalize body skin.’
    • ‘The four herbs are blended together and then brought to boiling point for ten minutes.’
    • ‘Normally, when wool and cotton are blended together, two separate dye baths are required because the wool takes up most of the dye.’
    • ‘The advantage of the system is that the feed ingredients are blended together, providing the cow with a nutritionally balanced diet in every bite.’
    • ‘It engages hands and arms, wrists and shoulders to fold and blend those ingredients.’
    • ‘I reply as I dip the spoon into the mug, blending the milk into the tea and dredging the sugar up into the liquid.’
    • ‘Designers are also offering an exciting array of styles that include embroidery as well as blending materials such as canvas with metals and exotic woods and leathers.’
    • ‘Campbell makes a popular drink he calls the Mocha Eclipse, which blends hot chocolate, espresso, whipped cream and foam from cappuccino.’
    • ‘Try blending carrots, parsnips or peas into soups, or adding a cheese sauce to cauliflower or broccoli.’
    • ‘As few as 4g are needed to make a simple gold ring when the metal is blended with copper or platinum.’
    • ‘However, it wasn't until the early 1970s when sand started to dominate the mixture used to blend a topdressing material.’
    • ‘Once the ingredients are blended and the liquid is starting to bubble, add the potatoes, making sure they are all coated with the cream.’
    • ‘Fresh ingredients and drink mixes can be used to blend frozen fruit smoothies, coffee drinks and house signature drinks.’
    • ‘One good idea is to blend together cottage cheese, banana and fresh orange juice - delicious!’
    • ‘Meanwhile, blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor until combined, then season with salt to taste.’
    • ‘The ice cream was blended with honey, saffron and pistachio - refreshing and milky.’
    • ‘A proper mixing paddle mixes in the corners of a bucket and doesn't blend air into the mixture.’
    • ‘In 1949 the wineries were expanded by the government, who, for reasons of economy, blended grape wine with water, fermented cereals, and colouring.’
    • ‘The Halogen Lamp with Wooden Arm is great as it blends both wood and steel, making it a sure bet to match your office.’
    mix, mingle, combine, put together, stir, whisk, fold in, jumble, merge
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    1. 1.1often as adjective blended Mix (different types of the same substance, such as tea, coffee, spirits, etc.) together so as to make a product of the desired quality.
      ‘a blended whisky’
      • ‘Herbal medicines and tonics called jamu are both home blended and mass produced.’
      • ‘One of the major problems that the company has been battling with is the drainage of oil from its transformers which is blended with products ranging from vehicle engine oil to cooking oil.’
      • ‘This popular 10-year-old single malt whisky is an 80-proof premium blended Irish whiskey.’
      • ‘Traditional aged and blended whiskey isn't the only spirit Ireland is known for.’
      • ‘Like wine, chocolate is often blended from various beans, which of course can vary.’
      • ‘Jersey Parade also boasted specialist shops, such as Cross, where you could order coffee blended to your own taste, plus an ironmonger and a garden supplies store.’
      • ‘This is a beginner's course designed to teach participants how to blend natural oils and to show how they can be used in massage.’
      • ‘This is different from blending, in which whiskeys are combined with neutral grain spirits.’
      • ‘Aged for a minimum of three years and blended to produce consistent taste from year to year, Canadian whisky is usually very light in taste compared to Scotch or bourbon.’
      • ‘Its various grades can be used as stand-alone products or can be blended with other transparent polymers.’
      • ‘Other kinds of coal and manufactured fuels are also delivered directly to the site from a variety of sources and some of this is blended with the larger products of the mine coal.’
      • ‘Created by one of the world's leading independent perfumiers, London-based Arthur Burnham, the exotic fluid is blended from 32 types of rose oil.’
      • ‘All three are usually blended in the familiar French fizz we see in New Zealand as Moet and Lanson.’
      • ‘He would then create a dram by blending several different whiskies together to achieve the drinker's own bespoke spirit.’
      • ‘Also, makers of branded wines can blend grapes, which means when one vineyard or region has a bad year, the wine doesn't have to suffer.’
      • ‘How Paul Ubana Jones manages to mix everything he has as nicely as a fine blended whiskey is beyond me, but I'm happy to let his warm, intoxicating music wash over me.’
      • ‘Most so-called ‘Amontillados’ are no more than medium dry sherries blended from inferior quality rayas and sweet wines, however.’
      • ‘In 1997, for example, Japan imported 32 million l (8.4 million gal) of bulk wine for bottling or blending into domestic brands.’
      • ‘There are two basic sorts of American whiskies: straight and blended.’
      • ‘These 3 aromas identify the three types of whiskies that when blended together result in the fifth glass.’
    2. 1.2 Put or combine (abstract things) together.
      ‘I blend basic information for the novice with some scientific gardening for the more experienced’
      ‘a blending of romanticism with a more detached modernism’
      • ‘The opening of the Sonata's first movement, for example, blends serialism and passacaglia in a way prefigured in the opera's final scene.’
      • ‘The collages blended abstract shapes with strange visual effects and, here and there, the odd familiar outline.’
      • ‘The film's sometimes dreamy quality is underscored by a refrain of spirituality blended with myth mixed with fable.’
      • ‘If anything, he managed to take the basic emotional core of this guitar sound and blend it seamlessly with subtle, haunting digital effects.’
      • ‘Teachers had difficulty blending the need for fluency in basic facts with problem-solving.’
      • ‘The central virtue of the monograph and the article in Crop Science is that the authors blend their mysticism with basic knowledge of plant breeding.’
      • ‘The series blends a romantic tale with beautiful images of the beach of Hana on the Hawaiian Island of Maui and features two soul mates who are separated by what brought them together - the sea.’
      • ‘It is always a pleasure to find a work that blends a true sense of art with solid scientific information.’
      • ‘Calgary-based Old Trout Puppet Workshop have evolved a unique, abstract puppet theatre by blending physical theatre with mask work to create a startling mode of presentation.’
      • ‘Intelligence gleaned from Gitmo is blended with information from other sources to connect dots.’
      • ‘This would be part of a general move towards blending physiological information with the anatomical information provided by traditional, diagnostic images.’
      • ‘Any band that can blend an odd mixture of garage rock and southern jive automatically qualifies as good.’
      • ‘Creativity, sharp-edged humor and a profound sadness blended together in the spirited march that rolled down Broadway.’
      • ‘The film is the best example of blending really abstract content with a strong emotional core.’
      • ‘But most of this is flawlessly blended with advertising and product promotion.’
      • ‘Illuminating both the art and the science of child diagnosis, the book blends advice on the interview process with information on a wide range of mental and behavioral disorders.’
      • ‘In Brazil, influences from Portugal, Africa, Native Americans, Europe and the Arab world blended to produce a unique Brazilian culture.’
      • ‘It towered incongruously high above modest semi-detached roofs, built on a peculiar design which blended elements of many different ages and cultures in a bizarre heterogeneous mix.’
      • ‘But it takes a blending of the romantic and the practical that is unique to my mother to spontaneously arrive at such a conclusion.’
      • ‘A good ethnographic or art historical photograph blends technique and composition with information and context.’
    3. 1.3 Merge (a colour) with another so that one is not clearly distinguishable from the other.
      ‘blend and smudge the darker colours under the bottom lashes’
      • ‘To make the line appear less stepped, we blend the colour of the edge of the line with the colours around it.’
      • ‘Even novel things such as shading the patterns and blending the colours can be done to some extent by mixing one or more of the powders together.’
      • ‘He has lavished colours on his canvases, but has blended hues subtly in an attempt to give a new dimension and depth to the works.’
      • ‘I saw her face in the reflection as I blended the purple to peach.’
      • ‘She never even blended her colours in the same water jar.’
      • ‘The absence of any pigment produces white, and all pigments blended together produces black.’
    4. 1.4no object Form a harmonious combination.
      ‘costumes, music, and lighting all blend together beautifully’
      • ‘The old trees and plants have been retained during the redesigning of the campus, and the fact that they blend with the newly introduced plants is also noteworthy.’
      • ‘A bright, fresh sound was produced by the sopranos, the men blended well together and, in all, the choir made a rich sound characterised by clear diction.’
      • ‘Two years ago the Gazette was allowed to exclusively reveal the revolutionary design of the proposed new buildings, set back into the hillside with undulating grass roofs to blend with the surroundings.’
      • ‘Deputy Higgins said it that it was absolutely ridiculous that when such major renewal works are under way that the new structure should not be re-aligned to blend with the existing street scape.’
      • ‘Then of course there is the completely imaginative theme of science fiction where completely impossible situations carefully blend with topics of general interest.’
      • ‘New Zealand flax with pink-toned leaves, for example, blends well with pink flowers.’
      • ‘Also featured there is a display panel in the corporate blue of the university's logo, plus green and lilac to blend with the furnishing.’
      • ‘With great covers of rock, disco, blues numbers and ballads, their voices blended together in homage to that holiday feeling and being at home.’
      • ‘Choose a translucent powder to blend with your skin tone and apply with a puff or brush.’
      • ‘Both had good voices and they blended well together.’
      • ‘We had some weird arrangement with two of us playing acoustic guitar, but with each of us guitarists playing different chords from one another that somehow blended together to give another chord.’
      • ‘Wisely, Patrick realized that if Christianity were to be accepted, it had to blend with native Irish traditions.’
      • ‘The new museum graphics had to complement the existing and blend with the Spanish Colonial architecture.’
      • ‘They blended well together and were sympathetically supported by the accompanying string orchestra, also standing to play.’
      • ‘Here, again, tourist facilities had been built to blend with the trees.’
      • ‘Head teacher Mrs Sue Bennett said that it had been designed to resemble an Essex farm barn, so it would blend with the school's rural setting.’
      • ‘White paint was used to provide a crisp contrast to the rich cinnamon color of the redwood deck and top railing and to blend with the color of the house.’
      • ‘The solar units are environmentally friendly and can now be installed on your roof to blend with the architecture of your house.’
      • ‘We are invited to learn God's lyrics, to master God's tune, and to enter into God's harmony in ways that blend with our lives and our world.’
      • ‘With the sounds of skateboards, roller blades, even BMXers and loud music blended together, there was a very soothing sound.’
      harmonize, go, go well, go together, fit, fit in, tone, be in tune, dovetail, coordinate, team, accord, be compatible
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    5. 1.5blend in/into Be an unobtrusive or harmonious part of a greater whole by being similar in appearance or behaviour.
      ‘she would have to employ a permanent bodyguard in the house, someone who would blend in’
      • ‘For one thing, the glorification of profit above all other values is itself an ideology - though by now it's so widespread that it blends into the media scenery, appearing to be part of the natural world.’
      • ‘In your experience, interviewing them, who do you think fared better in terms of acculturating and blending into Australian society?’
      • ‘They could blend into their surroundings and appear to vanish into thin air.’
      • ‘Like all white and single backpackers, Scot arrives in India with the idea of travelling without blending in.’
      • ‘They've found it's possible to construct pools that are more about building with nature and blending into the natural land scape.’
      • ‘He's the man who goes through his whole life blending into the wallpaper, seemingly content to work hard day-in and day-out and leave the spotlight to others.’
      • ‘The drop section of the comforter is olive green and the color scheme is perfect for blending into a room featuring natural, earth colors.’
      • ‘She uses the garden to show clients how works of art can blend into natural settings.’
      • ‘The Reuters Building does not strive to be a perfect whole but is a fuzzy, indeterminate figure that blends into a context from which it takes its cues.’
      • ‘The beautiful Red Lipped Batfish is a bottom dweller that blends into the readily available natural debris.’
      • ‘We at Crosshills FC are justifiably proud of our premises which conform and blend in perfectly with the area.’
      • ‘Being with the older kids helped me to blend in and pick up attributes of normal behaviour that might somehow hide my eccentricities.’
      • ‘If it was in its natural habitat it would have blended in nicely; sat in a tree on a dull day in suburban Surrey it stood out like a sore thumb.’
      • ‘The point this season is the nautical influences blending into some of this season's trends.’
      • ‘The subtle colours of the various boxes have been intentionally chosen to blend into the natural habitat.’
      • ‘When the teams finally set up camp, they construct a shelter that blends into the scenery and build handmade weapons and tools.’
      • ‘The post office wants new blood and new ideas but also to blend in with the older, more established customers.’
      • ‘In one scene, his character appears sporting a shirt that blends in seamlessly with the coverings on the wall.’
      • ‘The materials will help give it a natural feel and blend in with the surroundings.’
      • ‘Morina had helped dress Desiree in a servant's outfit, so she would appear to blend in.’

noun

  • 1A mixture of different substances or other things.

    ‘the chutney is a blend of bananas, raisins, and ginger’
    ‘Ontario offers a cultural blend you'll find nowhere else on earth’
    • ‘Medi-Coat is a blend of several different polymers.’
    • ‘Novel blends of foods from different continents grace the menu.’
    • ‘At weddings, a common food is biryani, a rice dish with lamb or beef and a blend of spices, particularly saffron.’
    • ‘This trio of New Zealanders will play a blend of original compositions and jazz favourites.’
    • ‘A synergistic blend of healing substances, according to ayurveda, delivers a holistic benefit that is greater than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘It's also available in blends combining standardized extract with powdered or liquid chaste tree berries.’
    • ‘A cashmere blend definitely deserves to be more expensive.’
    • ‘Or try Body Balance, a blend of balance poses combined with flowing guided movements, yoga and meditation.’
    • ‘For more exotic smells, or an aroma that's a little mysterious, experiment with your own blends by mixing different spices and herbs.’
    • ‘Small wonder, perhaps, that his earth, air, fire, and water were wrought into different blends - the materials of the natural world - through the agency of the colourful principles Love and Strife.’
    • ‘For example, blends for flavored milk or ice cream mix are created by combining the weighed ingredients and testing for butterfat and solids prior to pasteurization.’
    • ‘She named her 4-year-old firm Alloy Design and Technology because an alloy is a blend of different materials.’
    • ‘Then he goes downstairs to make his breakfast - a blend of tomatoes, carrots, beets, celery and cucumbers.’
    • ‘Recently, scientists have been able to encapsulate pharmaceutical-grade olive oil in a blend with vitamins, minerals and herbals.’
    • ‘It's looking very handsome out back, all sweeping lawns backed by a soft mixed hedge perhaps ten feet high, composed of a good blend of native trees and bushes.’
    • ‘And it's shooting for designer quality: sweaters with blends of alpaca and cashmere, and khakis made of three-ply Italian fabric.’
    • ‘Although the perfume contains no whisky, the blend of ingredients is chosen to recreate the traditional smoky and peaty smells of island malts such as Talisker and Laphroaig.’
    • ‘Square Summer Pie, with its blend of peppers, potatoes, mustard, and artichoke hearts, was created specifically to bake in the cool of the morning.’
    • ‘A more complex and effective mix is to use a blend of lemon juice and rose water in fresh butter.’
    • ‘In sweaters, for example, the blend's wool component retains body heat and imparts thickness, while cotton makes it comfortable to wear.’
    mixture, mix, combination, admixture, mingling, commingling, amalgamation, amalgam, union, conjunction, marriage, merging, compound, alloy, fusion, meld, composite, concoction, synthesis, homogenization
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    1. 1.1 A mixture of different types of the same substance.
      ‘nearly all Scotch whiskies are blends’
      • ‘Floating in your fruity red, there's a blend of citrus fruit juices and a dash of blackcurrant.’
      • ‘Some will be kept in reserve for future blends and some will enter the blend immediately.’
      • ‘In the New World such a process is likely to involve the assembly of blends of various different quality levels and character.’
      • ‘It is also difficult to sell gasoline into the U.S. market because the U.S. has something like four dozen different formulas, mixtures or blends for gasoline, and it confuses the seller.’
      • ‘At B.R. Guest restaurants, Renzi listed a terrific wine from the Languedoc called Cirrus - a blend of five different grapes.’
      • ‘If we don't choose the pups that work like the latest Champion, we are not selecting the right genetic blend from the many possible combinations.’
      • ‘Whether it's for a Mexican dish or an Italian dish, people are looking at the different blends of cheese that fit that need.’
      • ‘Though most chocolatiers use a blend of different beans, some prefer to stick to a favorite brand.’
      • ‘Real tea is sometimes combined with herbal blends to supply the benefits of both.’
      • ‘An inspired blend of four different lavenders on a base of rosemary and thyme, it will make all your linens smell as good as sheets hung out to dry on a warm summer's day.’
      • ‘The sparkling wine, Sula Brut, is made out of a blend of three different grape varieties; a creamy, light nectar.’
      • ‘A #2 blend has lubricating qualities that make it oily and smelly.’
      • ‘I personally support the idea of a mandatory target for ethanol blends in general fuel-based products.’
      • ‘You will get the best out of your tomatoes if you fertilise them regularly either with manure or a good quality granular blend.’
      • ‘Although single aroma incense and floral waters are not uncommon in Ayurveda, it is more typical to see blends or combinations of several different aromas.’
      • ‘For example, you can find blends of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and so on.’
      • ‘Make up small quantities of your blends so they don't have to stand for too long before being used.’
      • ‘This provides essential fats in a blend well-suited for long term use.’
      • ‘But the EPA would have to abide by the Clean Air Act, which led to all of these different blends of gas in the first place.’
      • ‘About 80 per cent if Champagne is non-vintage - blends of wines from different years and wineries, and quite a lot is not only over-priced but is thin and lacks fruit.’
      • ‘By asking the seller more about the blend, and listening to how they respond, you should have a better idea about the quality of the blend being sold.’
      mixture, mix, compound, suspension, tincture, infusion, emulsion, colloid, gel, fluid
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    2. 1.2 A word made up of parts of two other words and combining their meanings, for example motel from motor and hotel.
      • ‘But Scalito is a different kind of onomastic blend: an epithet combining elements of two names to suggest a resemblance of one named person to the other.’
      • ‘An early example is the word motorcade, formed as a blend of motor and cavalcade, which created a new suffix - cade that has been used in words like aerocade, aquacade and even camelcade and tractorcade.’
      • ‘The term phaser was created as a blend of phase and laser.’
      • ‘The name Lindows is a blend of Linux and Windows.’
      • ‘The word arthritis is a blend of the Greek words arthron for joint and itis for inflammation; therefore, arthritis means joint inflammation.’

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Old Norse blanda ‘to mix’.

Pronunciation

blend

/blɛnd/