Definition of mix in English:



  • 1Combine or put together to form one substance or mass.

    ‘peppercorns are sometimes mixed with other spices’
    ‘these two chemicals, when mixed together, literally explode’
    • ‘Songs, arias, and operatic scenes are mixed together, and that works well too.’
    • ‘It was a chemical reaction, the kind when you mix two substances that aren't supposed to be mixed together.’
    • ‘For a large number of players, say 8 or more, two 52 packs can be mixed together.’
    • ‘Depending on the type of puri being made, the flour is mixed with a small amount of oil or ghee and warm water to make a dough that is then kneaded.’
    • ‘The samples from within each prairie were combined and mixed together for analysis.’
    • ‘Substances are mixed with all sorts of things to give them bulk and sell for triple the price.’
    • ‘As a second step, these natural cheeses are mixed with emulsifying agents into a homogeneous mass.’
    • ‘When enough of each of the ingredients in pure form are mixed together, the results are deadly.’
    • ‘Many flavors are mixed together in this meal and many smells from the environment, such as a campfire, strong coffee, fresh air, help enrich them.’
    • ‘Once everything was mixed together, I turned the dough onto a floured surface and kneaded it.’
    • ‘Special composts are made from several types of manure, which are mixed together and buried in the soil for up to six months.’
    • ‘Mostly these are 2 part developers, which are mixed together and diluted for use.’
    • ‘All the colours are able to be mixed together with the aim of impacting on viewers as in inspired art.’
    • ‘They all look the same, and all smell as if seventeen different mechanical lubricants had been mixed together.’
    • ‘Silanes and siloxanes can also be mixed together to make a sealer that both penetrates deeper and fills larger void spaces.’
    • ‘Epoxies come in a two-part formula of catalyst and hardener, and must be mixed together in equal portions to form an adhesive.’
    • ‘The meat mix and the dry mix are mixed together inside the extruder forming a complete mix.’
    • ‘Prior to that time, particles of energy, photons, and particles of matter, protons and electrons, were all mixed together in a kind of hot primordial soup.’
    • ‘When chemicals that are capable of reacting with each other are mixed together, a reaction ensues and product is produced.’
    • ‘Three schools of new grade sevens would be mixed together in five classes.’
    blend, mingle, combine, put together, stir, jumble, merge
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    1. 1.1[no object], [often with negative](of different substances) be able to be combined to form one substance or mass.
      ‘oil and water don't mix’
      • ‘We had completely forgotten that his anti-depressants couldn't mix with the alcohol.’
      • ‘Protein foods do not mix well with fruit, the fruit undermines the digestion of the protein.’
      • ‘Coming up next, oil and water don't mix but oil and politics are certainly another matter.’
      • ‘Scientists showed that, contrary to an old axiom, water and oil do mix - under certain conditions.’
      • ‘Problems will also arise if too much water mixes with the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, or antifreeze.’
      • ‘‘In this instance, a wet cloth makes no difference, as oil and water don't mix,’ says Maguire.’
      • ‘Oil and water do not mix because they are fundamentally different substances, not only in their obvious characteristics but also on a molecular scale.’
      • ‘When some of the minerals mix with the carbon, the diamond takes some other color in it.’
      • ‘This explains why, in a closed system, 2 gases will always mix despite the fact that no heat may be exchanged.’
      • ‘Another type of explosion can happen when very fine powders or dust mixes with air in an enclosed space.’
      • ‘These gases mix with ground water and emerge around springs.’
      • ‘But add soap and all the dirt can mix with the water and be removed.’
      • ‘The water comes back to ground at lower latitudes as deposits of frost or snow mixed generously with dust.’
      • ‘One of the biggest fears is that the two different sea waters would not mix, creating a Red Sea level on top of the Dead Sea.’
      • ‘Dust and mist mixed in the air about him, creating a slight haze, blocking out the light.’
      • ‘Water and oil don't mix because they are two different kinds of molecules.’
      • ‘You will notice that you use fewer drops of essential oil for perfumes; this is because the essential oils don't mix as well with water and alcohol as they do with carrier oils.’
      blend, mingle, combine, put together, stir, jumble, merge
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    2. 1.2Make or prepare by combining various ingredients.
      ‘mixing concrete is hard physical work’
      • ‘Each of the ingredients in the concrete, the proportions of those ingredients, and how the concrete is mixed, placed, and finished all affect the outcome.’
      • ‘In terms of longevity, prepare to purchase and mix new developer about every five years or so.’
      • ‘A preparation of foot-hardening-stuff was mixed up and the sheep's foot bathed in it.’
      • ‘Each day she studied its scarred walls and empty windows and watched the men at work as they mixed wet concrete in barrows and hauled boards up to the roof.’
      • ‘Never before has so much concrete been mixed and poured in such a small place.’
      • ‘Once you have the correct ingredients, mixing the perfect cocktail is easy.’
      • ‘It is made from solid concrete that is mixed at the right percentages to make it heat resistant.’
      • ‘These were the days when concrete was mixed on site, and it was wheeled about in rickshaws - double sized wheelbarrows full of liquid concrete.’
      • ‘But biotech drugs can't be made by mixing a recipe of ingredients A, B, and C.’
      • ‘The project will take some time, but children love to muck in, helping mix concrete and move blocks.’
    3. 1.3Juxtapose or put together to form a whole whose constituent parts are still distinct.
      ‘he continues to mix an off-hand sense of humour with a sharp insight’
      • ‘Leather mixes with velvet and silk as if it were the most natural thing in the world.’
      • ‘The separate pieces can be mixed and matched for more wardrobe options.’
      • ‘In reality, the white is pale cream and the black is dark red but they are attractive mixed together.’
      • ‘The album seems like it was conceived as a whole, mixing the spoken bits and the songs.’
      • ‘Several sources are mixed together, including news footage, video taped-on-the-scene segments, and recent interviews.’
      • ‘He is perhaps the best representation of a new breed of artists who mix the musique concrete sounds of old and the digitized sounds of today.’
      • ‘This season's hot new looks include a sophisticated selection of checks, stripes and even floral pieces that can be mixed together to create unusual combinations and strong individual looks.’
      • ‘Elements of all three are mixed together in a blend that rapidly curdles.’
      place side by side, set side by side, place close to one another, set close to one another
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  • 2[no object] (of a person) associate with others socially.

    ‘the people he mixed with were nothing to do with show business’
    • ‘While younger white people mixed more than older ones, the reverse was true of some ethnic minority communities.’
    • ‘In those days, theatre people mixed with society.’
    • ‘Gang members did mix with local people, going to the nearby pub where residents complained about the strong diesel smell but just presumed the men were farmworkers.’
    • ‘My parents mixed with the CND crowd protesting about the local airbases.’
    • ‘We didn't mix socially, we were both in the same side, but when we finished training, Bobby went home to his wife and kids, and the rest of us went out drinking.’
    • ‘Drinking alcohol has long been a favourite stimulant and helps people mix together socially in China.’
    • ‘Millionaires mixed with musicians, politicians rubbed shoulders with gangsters.’
    • ‘This had the effect of making Jones grow up wishing to be a lawyer, for his father mixed with the top lawyers of the County.’
    • ‘During the operation two police officers known as Matt and Anne mixed with users for three weeks at the end of July.’
    • ‘He is to be moved to Greenock prison in December, where he will mix with other prisoners.’
    • ‘But socially he was entirely at home in those Third Republic salons where politicians mixed with aristocrats, diplomats, and writers.’
    • ‘Our staff was a lot of talented young guys mixed with a few veterans.’
    • ‘The stated aim of this particular area of research, part of the robotics project, is to socialise robots so that they can mix better with humans.’
    • ‘Many little children mixed with the old people visiting the yellow houses.’
    • ‘Men and women do not mix socially, except in family groups.’
    • ‘‘Our religion has strong values which say boys and girls should not mix together,’ she said.’
    • ‘By his own admission, he has mixed with ‘dangerous people, hustlers, all sorts’.’
    • ‘Some of his previous convictions for violence had occurred when he was mixing with the wrong people in southern England.’
    • ‘Even when we socially mix with each other, we tend to compare notes, or egos for that matter.’
    • ‘As people mix with one another there have been adaptations and innovations.’
    associate, socialize, mingle, meet, get together, have dealings, fraternize, circulate, keep company, rub shoulders, consort, move, go out
    be compatible, get along, get on, fit together, be in harmony, be like-minded, be of the same mind, be of like mind, see eye to eye, agree
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  • 3(especially in sound recording) combine (two or more signals or soundtracks) into one.

    ‘up to eight tracks can be mixed simultaneously’
    • ‘In the past most live recordings mix the audience sounds way down, then back up between numbers.’
    • ‘Audience tracks were then mixed in stereo for the TV broadcast.’
    • ‘A danceable cumbia or salsa track is mixed with other sounds, everything from electronica to rap.’
    • ‘The transmitter mixes the signal with some strong radio signals called carrier waves.’
    1. 3.1Produce (a sound signal or recording) by combining a number of separate signals or recorded soundtracks.
      ‘it was everyone's dream to mix their album in their front room’
      • ‘But, at the same time, the track is mixed loudly - making one wonder whether this is supposed to be pleasant or irritating.’
      • ‘That was one of theirs… in fact Jeff mixed the entire album under a pseudonym.’
      • ‘This very aggressive and well mixed soundtrack is free and clear of any hiss or distortion.’
      • ‘That came up later when the album was being mixed at the end of the year.’
      • ‘At work, they ensure I can accurately edit and mix podcasts developed by students.’
      • ‘An accomplishment any musician would admire, she played all the instruments, sang lead and backing vocals, then independently recorded and mixed the album.’
      • ‘I did a rough mix the night we cut it, and then I spent four days chasing that mix when we mixed the album later and I never could beat that first one.’
      • ‘The soundtrack was mixed very will with no distortion present.’
      • ‘How he came to produce and mix the soundtrack for the film, however, is a story in itself.’
      • ‘Jazz is the real music and here's this cool idea mixing old jazz vocalists' performances with the hip new sounds of today.’
      • ‘He said that if he mixed the record we would get dropped.’
      • ‘In those days, records were mixed and put on the air in short order.’
      • ‘We have most of their album recorded and mixed, but we're looking for the hot single.’
      • ‘The soundtrack uses field recordings mixed with other found sounds, like the sounds of elephants roaring and snippets of Arabic and Israeli pop music.’
      • ‘In live performance, he mixes prerecorded tracks and processes them through sound effects.’
      • ‘I was surprised because we had hired him to just mix a couple of tracks for radio.’
      • ‘He was a disc jockey mixing music tracks for his local state college's radio station this time last year.’
      • ‘Not only was the album well recorded and mixed, but the music was a great combination of simple lyrics and catchy phrases with some excellent guitar work.’
      • ‘We had already put a fair amount of production into the songs so he was there to be an engineer, to mix the record.’
      • ‘We only had a few days' time to record, overdub and mix three songs.’
    2. 3.2Produce (a piece of continuous music, typically dance music) by combining a number of separate recordings.
      ‘Keith mixes great house music, featuring tunes with an African, Latin, and soulful flavour’
      [no object] ‘music was blaring and there was a DJ in the corner mixing and scratching’
      • ‘There's no DJ mixing at the decks.’
      • ‘A DJ stood inside the foyer of the hotel room, mixing songs 57 floors above Times Square.’
      • ‘L'Orchestre de la Francophonie plays at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with a DJ mixing Brahms between symphonies, and at the post-concert party.’
      • ‘The traditions will be juxtaposed with Zeta Bar's resident DJ mixing 'electro-tango' beats.’
      • ‘There is really nothing "morphing" about a DJ mixing two tracks; it's a simple volume fade.’
      • ‘Do you think technology is making DJing better or do you prefer old-school DJs who mix beats live?’
      • ‘Roll in for a night of strictly vinyl hip hop, funk & rap mixed by the 3x NZ DMC Champion & 2005 Australasian championship winner for a 5 hour set with support from local hip hop connoisseur Dam G.’
      • ‘Pictures show him mixing beats and playing both the guitar and keyboard.’
      • ‘He is thought to be hoping to get good enough at mixing records at parties, although he is "unlikely" to ever be able to show off his newfound skills in public.’
      • ‘True djs know how to mix vinyl!’
  • 4informal Be belligerent physically or verbally.

    ‘he can't afford to mix it any more with a six-month suspended ban hanging over him’
    • ‘Despite all this, despite seemingly reduced from last season, Chievo are still mixing it with the big boys.’
    • ‘A win will take me on to a higher level where I can start mixing it with champions.’
    • ‘It is actually still something of a shock to watch a team from Pittodrie look punchy and, dare it be said, capable of mixing it.’
    • ‘I enjoy mixing it a bit and will play any sport except basketball: I've not got the physique.’
    • ‘Just like his country he ended it with his head still high and still mixing it with superior opposition.’
    • ‘Aside from the bizarre frisson the elites enjoy from mixing it with roughnecks, there's also a common bond in seeing lowly workers as ‘mugs’.’
    • ‘I happen to think he is an excellent fighter, capable of mixing it with any of the world's top fighters.’
    • ‘They have shown that they are capable of mixing it with the best.’
    • ‘But there have been many prominent examples of judicial figures mixing it in contemporary controversies.’
    • ‘He loves nothing better than watching a bunch of big dumb forwards mixing it.’
    • ‘One minute he's mixing it with his hardened opponent in midfield.’
    • ‘He was stung by the punch and unwisely chose to start mixing it with his opponent.’
    • ‘Knowing that in purely physical terms we can mix it with the best has given us a great amount of confidence and composure.’
    • ‘It gave the home side a draw they more than merited and strengthens their bid to see out the season mixing it with the big boys.’


  • 1[usually in singular] Two or more different qualities, things, or people placed, combined, or considered together.

    ‘the decor is a fascinating mix of antique and modern’
    • ‘She argues that true leadership involves a mix of inherent qualities, such as creativity and personal effectiveness skills such as good communication.’
    • ‘The three-storey building combines a spectacular mix of mid 20th-century Chinese and Western architectural styles.’
    • ‘What gets linked would be at the host's discretion - hopefully a nice mix of quality patient stories, science news, and policy points.’
    • ‘What was interesting to me, in this unit that was getting ready to deploy, this was a different mix of soldiers than fought the war.’
    • ‘They combine a rich mix of styles and colours to form a unique, well-travelled look.’
    • ‘For a mild mix, combine familiar types of leaf lettuce with greens such as mizuna, purslane, mache and chervil.’
    • ‘Once again, he has appeased the demands of aficionados by gathering a fascinating mix of artists in the city this week.’
    • ‘One of these also included room for participants to comment, relying on a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.’
    • ‘There's a varied mix of maps in different formats.’
    • ‘I think I've got a fair mix of ages and qualities.’
    • ‘The children were fascinated as she laced her stories with a fascinating mix of humour, folklore and common sense.’
    • ‘The tour is a fascinating mix of anecdotal and historical stories combined with well-presented factual information.’
    • ‘The exciting new show promises an entertaining mix of chat combined with today's top chart hits.’
    • ‘His blog is a fascinating mix of opinion, fact and fantasy.’
    • ‘Here all this and the worst political and cultural extremism were combined in a violent mix of hatred and cold, calculated conception.’
    • ‘Most chemicals can be combined in a mix of water, seed, and fertilizer, although some manufacturers recommend separate application.’
    • ‘Like all successful teams they have realised that you must have a mix of quality and commitment as one without the other is no good.’
    • ‘Her hair was a fascinating mix of dark brown and light brown and her skin was pale brown.’
    • ‘He has put together a squad full of quality with a good mix of youth and experience, and foreign and homegrown players.’
    • ‘This could be a fascinating mix of open-access cable television, internet newsgroups, peer-to-peer networks and rich media we have yet to imagine.’
    mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybrid
    medley, melange, diversity, collection, selection, assortment, variety, mixed bag, miscellany, assemblage, motley collection, pot-pourri, conglomeration, jumble, mess, confusion, mishmash, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pastiche, patchwork, farrago, hash
    scissors-and-paste job, mash-up
    gallimaufry, omnium gatherum, olio, salmagundi, macédoine
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    1. 1.1A group of people of different types within a particular society or community.
      ‘the school has a good social mix’
      • ‘Finally, there have been variations in the rate of change in the mix of social classes between the North and the South.’
      • ‘In fact, what we want in institutions of higher education, is a mix of the society, and we want it not just for cosmetic reasons.’
      • ‘Ethnic mix, language, culture, religion, social structure, and income levels vary considerably across the country.’
      • ‘The inquiry had specified the translation of leaflets outlining operations and their possible complications into several languages to reflect the community's ethnic mix.’
      • ‘Urban renewal programs in the 1950s were actually based on the presumption that social mix could make communities more stable.’
      • ‘The mix of society has changed over the past 30 years.’
      • ‘And, as a result, some of the isolated communities were working very hard to put in their own people that are representative of the mix of their communities.’
      • ‘The designers are acutely aware that a mix of social classes and income brackets improves facilities for the poorest without lowering the standards for the rich.’
      • ‘The club's ethos of social inclusion and integration is reflected in the eclectic mix of nationalities represented within the team.’
      • ‘This raises important questions for policy makers: should the ethnic mix of intake to medical schools broadly reflect the ethnic mix of the community from which students are drawn?’
      • ‘Educational opportunities abound and are facilitated, while indoor and outdoor sporting activities are part of the social mix.’
      • ‘Peace and tolerance have long been the words to live by in San Francisco, known for its large gay community, broad ethnic mix and frequent anti-war protests.’
      • ‘By the early 1980s a new and powerful entity had inserted itself into the societal mix.’
      • ‘The community is a diverse mix of age groups, cultures, occupations, and talents united in a commitment to the town and the environment.’
      • ‘When sponsors see the demographics of our fans and drivers, they see an unparalleled mix of gender, ethnicity, and age.’
      • ‘Take America, where the social mix at universities is far broader than here, and which operates a system of top up fees.’
      • ‘It's an odd old town, home to a mix of social classes from Lords to common sailors, and it's way too English for my taste.’
      • ‘Partly by design, and partly by chance, programmers believe they achieved a remarkable mix of social backgrounds which was key to the programme's success.’
      • ‘To force a social mix via drastic social engineering - bussing was one example - is not politically feasible.’
      • ‘The styles of music, dance, drama, and oratory vary significantly, reflecting the multicultural mix of the society.’
    2. 1.2The proportion of different people or other constituents that make up a mixture.
      ‘arriving at the correct mix of full-time to part-time staff’
      ‘trousers made from a cotton and polyester mix’
      • ‘The understory is a diverse mix of ferns and wildflowers.’
      • ‘If the other elements of the mix are not correct, promotion alone is unlikely to make customers buy the product.’
      • ‘So in the last two years we now offer more of a variety, a mix of gospel, R&B, hip hop, smooth jazz, blues, reggae and old school.’
      • ‘And I guess progress has been made when a leading Tory feels he should announce that he will make appointments in proportion to the ethnic mix of London.’
      • ‘A change in the customer mix, with the proportion of Chinese patronage increasing, is also anticipated.’
      • ‘He saw us and had a mix of and confusion on his face.’
      • ‘The precise numbers in the mix of governors selected by different methods varies from trust to trust.’
      • ‘The key consideration is the correct mix of forces and enablers.’
      • ‘Great fabrics for shorts are a mix of cotton with spandex or polyester.’
      • ‘Diverse economies have a mix of all three activities.’
      • ‘Although the complex has only been open for a couple of months both men are happy they have managed to get the mix of activities correct.’
      • ‘This is a selection of dance workouts set to a diverse mix of music and rhythms.’
      • ‘Providing the correct mix of spaces for a specific group of employees may lead to gains in productivity.’
      • ‘The correct mix of important looking fonts, jargon and shiny paper combining to give the illusion of authenticity.’
      • ‘What they have not had is the correct mix of those services.’
      • ‘Assemble a diverse mix of members of the organizations on a task force with the goal of making recommendations to leadership.’
      • ‘Your troops available all have their place and there is quite an art to selecting the right mix of units towards ensuring victory.’
      • ‘This is a hybrid mix between a unit-linked and a with-profit plan.’
      • ‘It's a mix of confusion, fear, worry, sorrow, and possibly anger.’
      • ‘With a diverse mix of issue and feature based stories, the series well seek to entertain and provoke in equal measure.’
  • 2[often with modifier] A commercially prepared mixture of ingredients for making a particular type of food or a product such as concrete.

    ‘cake mixes have made cooking easier’
    • ‘Concrete mixes for theme coats are like those used for stucco.’
    • ‘Often, bodybuilders will substitute diet sodas and powdered drink mixes with artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar calories.’
    • ‘One female member was heard to say that she could bake cake mix too if she had a new stove, to which her husband had replied that he'd buy her a whole new kitchen if she'd turn out cake like that.’
    • ‘According to the magazine, sales of flour and bread and cake mixes have rocketed by 14% in the past year.’
    • ‘Not that the business is entirely against the use of mixes and other prepared ingredients.’
    • ‘These are the big peanuts found in snack foods and trail mixes; they also are often sold as freshly roasted peanuts.’
    • ‘Clute advises adding items like soup mix packets, granola, bulk-bin pastas and pudding mixes to the pack.’
    • ‘Many dry-packaged products, such as instant drinks, dessert mixes and soup bases, use it to enhance the shelf life of flavors.’
    • ‘But on reading the ingredients of a cake mix, I realise now I would never want to.’
    • ‘Combine all ingredients, except cornflour mix, and cook over medium heat until it simmers.’
    • ‘The most important ingredient in the vitamin mix is the emulsifier, which is considered the processing aid ingredient and is not reported on the milk bottle label.’
    • ‘The use of admixtures doesn't play a large part in concrete mixes for tilt-up construction.’
    • ‘Commercially prepared mixes of ascorbic and citric acid are seasonally available among canners' supplies in supermarkets.’
    • ‘Our food mixes make a quick, easy and delicious meal that is perfect for the camp or home.’
    • ‘The book assumes that most birthday cake makers will use a commercial cake mix.’
    • ‘They also package and sell a variety of dried foods and prepared mixes at the restaurant.’
    • ‘Whip up cake mix according to package directions, and pour batter into pans (use leftover batter for cupcakes).’
    • ‘In today's consumerist culture, shoppers prefer to buy convenience foods such as ready-to-eat mixes and processed foods to match their hectic lifestyles.’
    • ‘Around most fields, three and six metre margins and areas seeded with special wildflower or pollen mixes provide food for invertebrates and birds.’
    • ‘The dragon teeth stepping stones are entirely optional - you could pour them on site with a hypertufa concrete mix.’
  • 3[often with modifier] A version of a recording in which the component tracks are mixed in a different way from the original.

    ‘a dance mix version of ‘This Charming Man’’
    • ‘The song switched from some rowdy dance mix, to a very slow and achingly sweet song.’
    • ‘Instead of the fast dance mix, which had been blasting from the speakers for most of the night a slow ballad hummed its tune through the chilly night air.’
    • ‘Stuffed to the gills with demos, home-recordings, live versions and unusual mixes, you'll find all of your favourites here, but often in wildly different guises.’
    • ‘Maybe someone decides to rant about the snare drum mix on a particular track from 1973 for no other reason than it irritated them at that precise moment.’
    • ‘Here we find some of the remixes that upstaged the originals, as well as alternate mixes of tracks that many never heard.’
    • ‘This EP contains about 6 original tunes on it, a couple being mixes over previous tracks.’
    • ‘This is largely because dance mix albums have come to be seen as yet another means for DJs to squeeze cash out of hapless clubbers.’
    • ‘This release sees the addition, not only of the rare mono mix but the tracks recorded for her first solo outing, with the band backing her.’
    • ‘These are two very different audio mixes (the older track fast and furious, the new one with a deliberate, pained vocal and wailing guitar).’
    • ‘The clip is included among the feast of DVD extras, alternative mixes and live recordings that accompany this multimedia anniversary edition.’
    • ‘Sarah and Jay were dancing some sort of hip-hop/break dance/jazz mix.’
    • ‘I've just heard a dance mix of it on the radio.’
    • ‘The EP comes with two mixes of this track: one suitable for the couch and the other for the dance floor.’
    • ‘The choice of track sequence and final mix was left to others.’
    • ‘Mixing adds a twist to the theme by compiling a selection of remixes the collective have undertaken for others, along with a handful of new and alternative mixes of their own recordings.’
    • ‘All of these posthumous releases have nothing new to offer - how many times can you listen to a slightly different mix of that tune recorded in 1968?’
    • ‘Far from marking any new direction, it is a retrospective, scattershot double CD of unreleased tracks, alternate mixes and rare B-sides.’
    • ‘Yet another competition, this time in the form of a tribute to the tedium of the fully extended dance mix.’
    • ‘Demos, mixes and live tracks are spread out across the four albums, which are packaged to look like the original vinyl releases.’
    1. 3.1A continuous piece of music, typically dance music, produced by combining a number of separate recordings.
      ‘a group of young women groove in a circle to a DJ mix of Missy Elliot, the Young Gunz, and Kelis’
      • ‘I listen to club mixes, electronic music etc.’
      • ‘They jammed to mixes of classic rock and funk before taking up the guitar, bass and drums to create their own unmistakable sound.’
      • ‘You get to listen to mixes other people make as well.’
      • ‘The Mixtape Volume Six has all their latest mixes blended into an epic mixtape.’
      • ‘The eleven-track album boasts Yo Dot gracing the mic over a mix of boom bap hip-hop production and more smooth sample based cuts.’
      • ‘Mr. Cohen attempts a grand reawakening with help from Fedde Le Grand, a Dutch D.J. and producer whose deep house mixes have punchy finesse.’
      • ‘He sang along to a DJ mix of Michael Jackson, Congolese collective Konono #1 and a nasty, slowed-down version of David Bowie's Fame.’
      • ‘The LP is the first in a series that will take the most popular zombie rave mixes off the net and aim to get them on dance floors.’
      • ‘Gaslamp gave us an awesome dance mix of the two and all were pleased.’
      • ‘It's been a little while since our latest fix of chill hiphop mixes in this playlist.’
    2. 3.2An image or sound produced by the combination of two separate images or sounds.
      ‘titling mixes are added when vision and sound are still on separate film’
      • ‘Accompanying James' unorthodox choreography is a stream of video images and an audio mix that includes a sitcom laugh track, a bingo caller and barnyard animals.’
      • ‘Otherwise, all three of these sound mixes are identical to one another.’


  • be (or get) mixed up in

    • Be (or become) involved in (something regarded as dubious or dishonest)

      ‘Steve was mixed up in an insurance swindle’
      • ‘This didn't stop my father from contacting as many people whom I was friends with as he could to ask them whether they knew anything about ‘what drugs I was mixed up in.’’
      • ‘Did you write this before he got mixed up in politics?’
      • ‘I was so terrified; I just pressed myself as far back against the wall as I could so I did not get mixed up in it.’
      • ‘Naturally, he got mixed up in a little kid trouble now and again, but nothing to shout about.’
      • ‘I wasn't really planning on hurting you until you got mixed up in all this.’
      • ‘You don't mention your age, but this is the point where I strongly recommend to people ‘of a certain age ‘to have a proper medical evaluation before getting mixed up in all this exercise business.’’
      • ‘The Prime Minister said: ‘Of course, I think every parent's nightmare is that their child gets mixed up in drugs.’’
      • ‘And then, things get sillier and sillier until you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘How, in the name of sanity, did I get mixed up in all this?’
      • ‘When children are not in school they can get mixed up in crime or become victims of crime.’
      • ‘I didn't want to get mixed up in all that but it would give me a chance to talk to him and maybe reason with him.’
      involved in, embroiled in, entangled in, drawn into, caught up in, a party to
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  • be (or get) mixed up with

    • Be (or become) associated with (someone unsuitable or unreliable)

      ‘how did you get mixed up with that layabout?’
      • ‘‘What you mean to say,’ she said angrily. ‘Is that you don't think I should get mixed up with all the fighting and should go and hide like a good little girl, is that it?’’
      • ‘I knew then that these were not the people I wanted to get mixed up with.’
      • ‘Written in 1886, it suggests that there is a pan-European anarchist underground, which the protagonist gets mixed up with.’
      • ‘There was also the particular problem that, as well as many decent and well-intentioned people, we got mixed up with some thoroughly dodgy ones.’
      • ‘Are you hoping that she won't get mixed up with politics again?’
      • ‘Robert has finally moved on from that horrible teacher woman he was mixed up with.’
      • ‘He's one of those charming, funny Peter Pan types that everybody likes but nobody should get mixed up with romantically.’
      • ‘I was never interested in that, it's not something I ever desired for myself or ever wanted to get mixed up with.’
      • ‘So I thought about turning down the invitation, since I didn't want to get mixed up with this group with whose purpose I completely disagree.’
      • ‘At the time I was mixed up with the wrong crew, and we were asked to be extras in this production.’
  • mix and match

    • Select and combine different but complementary items, such as clothing or pieces of equipment, to form a coordinated set.

      ‘mix and match this season's colours for a combination that says ‘winter’’
      [as adjective] [as modifier] ‘a mix-and-match menu’
      • ‘Each and every individual is different; you can mix and match different things.’
      • ‘The split-page section allows the reader to mix and match different looks and accessories.’
      • ‘More and more people are opting for individual pieces of furniture that mix and match rather than the uniformity of fitted ranges.’
      • ‘Each of the ingredients imparted a characteristic colour to the food, so it was important to know how to mix and match.’
      • ‘Vanity cabinets come in several different styles and combinations that you can mix and match to meet your needs.’
      • ‘You can mix and match, and the head waiter will be only too pleased to oblige with special offerings, if you ask the day before, at no extra charge.’
      • ‘With one or two exceptions one can mix and match for a combination of the options.’
      • ‘By making a few good basic items, you are able to mix and match to achieve a different look.’
      • ‘After that, it was a case of mix and match, to get the combination right, and alter the combination to improve the visual effects.’
      • ‘You can mix and match the modular pieces to create a variety of layouts.’
  • mix one's drinks

    • Drink different kinds of alcohol in close succession.

      ‘he'd been going from bar to bar, mixing his drinks’
      • ‘Of course this became a bit repetitive as I had chosen to mix my drinks that night, however I was impressed never the less.’
      • ‘Not a lot else to add really, except that I think I mixed my drinks a little and had a killer hangover that lasted well into Sunday afternoon!’
      • ‘The main problem with promotions is that people tend to mix their drinks and can finish up very drunk and that is when the problems start.’
      • ‘So I set about trawling the city's bars and clubs mixing my drinks and pouring the filth down my throat as fast as I could swallow.’
      • ‘Though I've learned my lesson: don't mix your drinks, kids.’
      • ‘The way they were mixing their drinks basically defines British drinking culture where people drink to get drunk, not for the pleasure of drinking.’
      • ‘He stopped mixing his drinks and tried to stick to scotch.’
      • ‘I'm rubbish at pacing my alcohol intake, and useless at not mixing my drinks.’
      • ‘I've even met his parents, who drop in on Sundays, and when I called their son a good barman, they joked that he's been mixing their drinks since he was five.’
      • ‘One of the particularly friendly mechanics from the garage asked me to dance with his wife because he'd been mixing his drinks and was not feeling very well.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • mix something up

    • 1Spoil the order or arrangement of a collection of things.

      ‘disconnect all the cables, mix them up then try to reconnect them’
      • ‘Ok, now that we know some songs that go G, D, E minor, C, in that order, try mixing the order up!’
      • ‘We just like to mix things up a lot - we try to stay away from homogeneity.’
      • ‘Every item received in this laboratory has its own unique identifier, so no two items can be mixed up.’
      • ‘On the far wall, CDs teetered in jumbled piles, films, books and magazines were mixed up together in boxes and on shelves and clothes sat in haphazard heaps.’
      • ‘Do the 5 programs in the suggested order, or mix it up and decide which one you want to do each day.’
      • ‘Conceptually, a simple random sample can be drawn by putting the identity numbers of the 10 million actual voters in a box. you stir, shake and mix the numbers up and then you select 20, 832 of them at random.’
      • ‘In your workout articles, am I supposed to do the exercises in the exact order as listed, or can I mix them up?’
      • ‘A dyslexic mistake had meant that the reps. and weights had been mixed up, so I lifted four times the weight I should have.’
    • 2Confuse someone or something with another person or thing.

      ‘I'd got her mixed up with her sister’
      • ‘‘You must have mixed me up with someone else,’ I said, wrinkling my nose.’
      • ‘‘I don't know why he always mixes us up,’ I said to my mom helplessly.’
      • ‘After one full day on the job, I had yet to master the fine art of taking down all their orders and not mixing them up.’
      • ‘The stone axe blade is so similar to that found in Neolithic Europe, if New Guinea and European axes were mixed up in a museum collection it would probably take petrological analysis to distinguish them.’
      • ‘I think someone has mixed us up with the east coast or something.’
      • ‘In all the confusion we may have mixed the babies up getting them to the nursery and we would be grateful if you could join us there to try and help identify them.’
      • ‘And such beliefs were mixed up with a lot of practical, and even sometimes subversive, information, that did help people navigate obstacles around them.’
      • ‘But mixing him up with a drunken old left-wing hippie, now that is a worthwhile story.’
      • ‘The scanner identifies 266 different features in the iris so no two people can be mixed up.’
      • ‘The words have not been mixed up, but the meaning has.’
      confuse, get confused, muddle, muddle up, get muddled up, get jumbled up, scramble, mistake
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Late Middle English: back-formation from mixed (taken as a past participle).