Definition of mixed in English:

mixed

adjective

  • 1Consisting of different qualities or elements.

    ‘a mixed diet’
    ‘beaches with mixed sand and shingle’
    • ‘Mr Mumford said the council was seeking to achieve high quality, new and refurbished office space as part of mixed retail/residential led projects.’
    • ‘The local community council in what is a mixed residential district however is not as enamoured.’
    • ‘Rather, it is a coffee table book of mixed quality.’
    • ‘Controlled trials of physical-activity counseling in adult primary care patients were of variable quality and had mixed results.’
    • ‘Most people maintain health and adequate protein intake from a mixed, varied diet.’
    • ‘Over the past number of years the parade has been of mixed quality with varying degrees of participation from all sectors.’
    • ‘Although one study found a significant difference between a mixed Western diet and a vegetarian diet, overall there appear to be relatively few trends.’
    • ‘Of mixed quality and sometimes dubious authenticity, it is still useful for getting definitions of new and unusual terms.’
    • ‘The company plans to convert the hotel into a mixed commercial and residential scheme.’
    • ‘The proposed site consists of a trading estate, made up of a mixed quality of industrial buildings, many of which are empty.’
    • ‘They wanted a mix of different sites and that one was outside a station so it would give a different picture than something in a mixed residential area for example.’
    • ‘The site is being touted for mixed residential and commercial use.’
    • ‘Feeding trials conducted on captive premigratory birds fed fruit and insects ad libitum have shown that gain in body mass is highest on a mixed diet of fruit and insects.’
    • ‘Even though recruiting goals for the active force were met in 2000, there have been some mixed signals regarding the quality of the recruits.’
    • ‘In the mixed commercial and residential areas the heavy masonry arches mark the openings in the building that also double up for shop-windows.’
    • ‘And you need a mixed diet of stories to be emotionally literate.’
    • ‘The brief suggested the site should be of mixed use with residential, office, light industrial, small-scale retail, leisure, arts and tourism.’
    • ‘The relevant studies were of fair to good quality but showed mixed results.’
    • ‘There was generally a good but mixed standard within the residential areas, with some estates practically litter free.’
    • ‘There is anecdotal evidence that local advice is of mixed quality.’
    assorted, varied, variegated, miscellaneous, different, differing, disparate, diverse, diversified, motley, sundry, jumbled, haphazard, heterogeneous
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    1. 1.1 (of an assessment of, reaction to, or feeling about something) containing a mixture of both favourable and negative elements.
      ‘the film opened last Friday to mixed reviews’
      ‘I had mixed feelings about seeing Laura again’
      • ‘Jamaicans have greeted this news with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘This got a mixed reaction, more negative than positive from the crowd.’
      • ‘That moment outside the theatre stirred my already mixed feelings about reviewing Canadian movies.’
      • ‘He has already helped us to fall in love, improve our lives by reading Proust, console ourselves with philosophy and get over our mixed feelings about going on holiday.’
      • ‘But I can tell you that there's a lot of mixed feelings.’
      • ‘They flew home on New Year's Eve, with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘And so overall one comes away with mixed feelings about this production.’
      • ‘In the darkness, she's forced to face her own mixed feelings about death’
      • ‘I was having a lot of mixed feelings about going back.’
      • ‘The news had been met with mixed feelings at the station, where staff would be cut from 52 to 28, not including the station commander.’
      • ‘And how are soldiers dealing with the mixed feelings that they have about being there right now?’
      • ‘United fans received the statement with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘Stories such as this leave me with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘We all instinctively feel that to lose our memory is to lose ourselves, a prospect that stirs audiences with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘There were mixed reports on the quality of trout fishing over the weekend, some anglers having 4 to 6 trout for a day while others found it hard to get even one fish.’
      • ‘The New Year is often greeted with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘And despite the mixed reaction and reviews, his restructuring efforts drew keen attention both at home and abroad.’
      • ‘He looks back on the experience with mixed feelings.’
      • ‘However, the predictive validity of suicide assessments has received mixed reviews.’
      • ‘The pair returned from a 1000 km awareness-raising bike ride between Beijing and Shanghai with decidedly mixed feelings.’
      ambivalent, equivocal, unsure, uncertain, doubtful, contradictory, conflicting, confused, muddled
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    2. 1.2 Composed of different varieties of the same thing.
      ‘crab on a bed of mixed salad’
      • ‘The side dish the day I visited was a simple mixed olive salad, a mélange of black and green olives with spicy oil.’
      • ‘I will probably deep fry some to put on mixed greens.’
      • ‘It comes with a nice mixed greens salad on the side.’
      • ‘There is a good range of varieties including several mixed colour types.’
      • ‘Two large wedges of cheese nestled among a salad of mixed leaves on a tangy raspberry sauce.’
      • ‘Entrées come with mixed greens, soup, nachos or pasta salad.’
      • ‘The Warbling Vireo's typical habitat is open deciduous or shrubby mixed woodlands, especially where large trees are present.’
      • ‘There were cold meats of every kind, huge bowls of mixed salads, large desserts, trifles, jellies tarts and mince pies, and also some very interesting looking hors d' oeuvres.’
      • ‘In place of kidney beans, I buy a can of mixed beans (for variety in colour and taste).’
      • ‘They grow among grass and moss in mixed woodlands, but they seem to have a special affinity with silver birch.’
      • ‘There's antipasti too: of minestrone soup, meat or cheese platters or a mixed seafood salad (with prices up to £5.25).’
      • ‘Dress some mixed salad leaves with a little olive oil and lemon juice, season with Maldon salt and place on top of the crab.’
      • ‘The canned mixed beans in this salad are sometimes sold as a ‘bean salad in water’.’
      • ‘The seafood was accompanied by a large mixed salad that the waiter had chosen for us.’
      • ‘I tried a ribeye steak with mixed vegetables and salad and chicken satay on white rice.’
      • ‘After weeks of eating strange food combinations so I could clear out my cupboards and freezer I finally got to the final three cans - mixed bean salad, mandarin segments and a jar of custard.’
      • ‘As for shopping, they do not want huge department stores but a mixed variety of smaller specialist shops and restaurants.’
      • ‘At this point the aroma of spaghetti Bolognese and freshly cut bread as well as spicy Thai mixed seafood salads with larb-pork stuffed into cool cucumber shells mingled in the air.’
      • ‘The steeper slopes and cliffs of Augill support a mixed woodland of ash, birch and rowan with an interesting ground flora including species such as bluebell, sanicle and wood avens.’
      • ‘There's a nice serve-yourself salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, cabbage, carrot and cauliflower, accompanied by creamy dressing.’
      hybrid, half-caste, half-breed, cross-breed, cross-bred, interbred, mongrel, impure
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    3. 1.3 (especially of an educational establishment or a sports team or competition) of or for members of both sexes.
      ‘the college's mixed hockey team’
      • ‘Girls and boys play in mixed teams until the age of twelve.’
      • ‘Well who's got the most to gain or to lose from playing this mixed competition?’
      • ‘There is also a new mixed team event this season running concurrently with the Yorkshire Cup.’
      • ‘Each school could enter a maximum of two mixed teams and the school only wanted an attendance, regardless of the results.’
      • ‘The sport combines basketball and football, and is played with a volleyball in mixed sex teams of four.’
      • ‘My friends know better than to ask me to fill in for mixed sports teams when they are short a girl, although I still sometimes get called up as a last resort.’
      • ‘The format is open two bowl triples - i.e. men's, women's or mixed teams.’
      • ‘How do you normally compete, are they men against men, women against women, or are there now mixed competitions?’
      • ‘On opening day, 14 teams were organized - three women teams, four men teams and seven mixed teams.’
      • ‘He plays in the men's first team and mixed team.’
      • ‘It is suited to boys and girls, with mixed teams taking part.’
      • ‘Competition is for women's, men's and mixed teams, while there is also a need for managers, coaches, graded umpires and support staff.’
      • ‘Anyways, the juniors and seniors at our high school have mixed grade, co-ed gym classes.’
      • ‘She also achieved a silver medal in the mixed team randori.’
      • ‘Well we're competing against the women's division too and won, and also we're competing against mixed teams.’
      • ‘The competition was for mixed teams and meant that each side had to have at least two girls in their starting line-up.’
      • ‘Under this policy, instruction in mixed mode is strongly discouraged.’
      • ‘In the University Parks, they were playing games I didn't know existed when I was young: lacrosse with mixed teams, indeed!’
      • ‘I believe it is the only sport designed for mixed teams.’
      • ‘Our mixed team of male and female paddlers had spent countless hours slogging up and down Hahn's Inlet in the cold and rain in preparation for this event.’
    4. 1.4 Involving or showing a mixture of races or social classes.
      ‘people of mixed race’
      • ‘I never realized he was of mixed race until I saw his father interviewed in Calgary and it didn't make a bit of difference, I doubt it will to any other hockey fan either.’
      • ‘The spokeswoman was responding to a question about the ambiguous descriptions of the offenders, which have ranged from mixed race to white or Afro-Caribbean.’
      • ‘Perhaps someone may remember a white couple in their 50s who adopted a mixed race or black baby boy.’
      • ‘Nearly 0.7 million people said they were mixed race on the last census, almost certainly an under-representation because as many more may not class themselves as such.’
      • ‘It's called jazzing, a dance of mixed race, so-called Cape Coloreds say they created long before some of these young aficionados were born.’
      • ‘They say he was of mixed race and aged in his early 30s.’
      • ‘Up until the final ten minutes this has been an intelligent, witty and unusually shrewd look at the social acceptance of mixed race relationships.’
      • ‘Detectives were last night appealing for information to help trace the alleged attacker, who is of mixed race, in his early 20s, and about 5ft 7in.’
      • ‘One looked Somali and the other was of mixed race.’
      • ‘So even as people living the mixed race experience would seem inherently inclusive, there really seems to be no way around those feelings of closing off to others.’
      • ‘The second offender was of around 13 to 16 years old of mixed race, 5ft 2in to 5ft 4in and had short dark hair.’
      • ‘The woman is of mixed race, fair skinned, with dark curly hair, about 5ft 4in, of average build and wearing numerous gold necklaces.’
      • ‘The second is described as mixed race possibly Mediterranean around 6ft, in his late teens, with a square face and heavy build.’
      • ‘She was a mixed race foster child struggling to find herself in a place where her distinctive look - her darker skin and tight curly hair - was never reflected back at her.’
      • ‘One son is a white boxer, the other a stand-up comedian of mixed race.’
      • ‘It is vital they get to grips with an ongoing problem affecting a growing number of people: refugees, asylum seekers, and Irish-born people of mixed race.’
      • ‘Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands and is inhabited by people with a mixed race of Caribbean Indian, African and Spanish heritage.’
      • ‘Being of mixed race is commonly accepted as being a good thing.’
      • ‘The other offender has been described as of mixed race, possibly Asian, 5ft 8ins tall, with a slim build and gaunt features.’
      • ‘Of mixed race, she was the youngest of three children by a man who deserted her mother immediately after her birth.’

Origin

Late Middle English mixt: from Old French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere ‘to mix’.

Pronunciation

mixed

/mɪkst/