Definition of blend in US English:

blend

verb

[with object]
  • 1Mix (a substance) with another substance so that they combine together as a mass.

    ‘blend the cornstarch with a tablespoon of water’
    no object ‘add the grated cheese and blend well’
    • ‘The advantage of the system is that the feed ingredients are blended together, providing the cow with a nutritionally balanced diet in every bite.’
    • ‘Rolled out nationwide last year, the 7-ounce drink blends fruit and nonfat yogurt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once the ingredients are blended and the liquid is starting to bubble, add the potatoes, making sure they are all coated with the cream.’
    • ‘The four herbs are blended together and then brought to boiling point for ten minutes.’
    • ‘I reply as I dip the spoon into the mug, blending the milk into the tea and dredging the sugar up into the liquid.’
    • ‘Skin-smoothing banana and coconut are blended with sea salt to exfoliate and revitalize body skin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A proper mixing paddle mixes in the corners of a bucket and doesn't blend air into the mixture.’
    • ‘Fresh ingredients and drink mixes can be used to blend frozen fruit smoothies, coffee drinks and house signature drinks.’
    • ‘It engages hands and arms, wrists and shoulders to fold and blend those ingredients.’
    • ‘The Halogen Lamp with Wooden Arm is great as it blends both wood and steel, making it a sure bet to match your office.’
    • ‘Normally, when wool and cotton are blended together, two separate dye baths are required because the wool takes up most of the dye.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor until combined, then season with salt to taste.’
    • ‘As few as 4g are needed to make a simple gold ring when the metal is blended with copper or platinum.’
    • ‘One good idea is to blend together cottage cheese, banana and fresh orange juice - delicious!’
    • ‘The ice cream was blended with honey, saffron and pistachio - refreshing and milky.’
    • ‘In 1949 the wineries were expanded by the government, who, for reasons of economy, blended grape wine with water, fermented cereals, and colouring.’
    • ‘However, it wasn't until the early 1970s when sand started to dominate the mixture used to blend a topdressing material.’
    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, liquor, etc.) together so as to make a product of the desired quality.
      ‘a blended whiskey’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is different from blending, in which whiskeys are combined with neutral grain spirits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He would then create a dram by blending several different whiskies together to achieve the drinker's own bespoke spirit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Traditional aged and blended whiskey isn't the only spirit Ireland is known for.’
      • ‘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 popular 10-year-old single malt whisky is an 80-proof premium blended Irish whiskey.’
      • ‘Its various grades can be used as stand-alone products or can be blended with other transparent polymers.’
      • ‘There are two basic sorts of American whiskies: straight and blended.’
      • ‘All three are usually blended in the familiar French fizz we see in New Zealand as Moet and Lanson.’
      • ‘These 3 aromas identify the three types of whiskies that when blended together result in the fifth glass.’
      • ‘Like wine, chocolate is often blended from various beans, which of course can vary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Herbal medicines and tonics called jamu are both home blended and mass produced.’
    2. 1.2 Put or combine (abstract things) together.
      ‘blend basic information for the novice with some scientific gardening for the more experienced’
      ‘a blending of romanticism with a more detached modernism’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it takes a blending of the romantic and the practical that is unique to my mother to spontaneously arrive at such a conclusion.’
      • ‘In Brazil, influences from Portugal, Africa, Native Americans, Europe and the Arab world blended to produce a unique Brazilian culture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Any band that can blend an odd mixture of garage rock and southern jive automatically qualifies as good.’
      • ‘The collages blended abstract shapes with strange visual effects and, here and there, the odd familiar outline.’
      • ‘But most of this is flawlessly blended with advertising and product promotion.’
      • ‘The opening of the Sonata's first movement, for example, blends serialism and passacaglia in a way prefigured in the opera's final scene.’
      • ‘Teachers had difficulty blending the need for fluency in basic facts with problem-solving.’
      • ‘It is always a pleasure to find a work that blends a true sense of art with solid scientific information.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Intelligence gleaned from Gitmo is blended with information from other sources to connect dots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film is the best example of blending really abstract content with a strong emotional core.’
      • ‘If anything, he managed to take the basic emotional core of this guitar sound and blend it seamlessly with subtle, haunting digital effects.’
      • ‘The film's sometimes dreamy quality is underscored by a refrain of spirituality blended with myth mixed with fable.’
      • ‘This would be part of a general move towards blending physiological information with the anatomical information provided by traditional, diagnostic images.’
      • ‘A good ethnographic or art historical photograph blends technique and composition with information and context.’
      • ‘Creativity, sharp-edged humor and a profound sadness blended together in the spirited march that rolled down Broadway.’
    3. 1.3 Merge (a color) with another so that one is not clearly distinguishable from the other.
      • ‘I saw her face in the reflection as I blended the purple to peach.’
      • ‘To make the line appear less stepped, we blend the colour of the edge of the line with the colours around it.’
      • ‘She never even blended her colours in the same water jar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Wisely, Patrick realized that if Christianity were to be accepted, it had to blend with native Irish traditions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 the sounds of skateboards, roller blades, even BMXers and loud music blended together, there was a very soothing sound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, again, tourist facilities had been built to blend with the trees.’
      • ‘The solar units are environmentally friendly and can now be installed on your roof to blend with the architecture of your house.’
      • ‘Then of course there is the completely imaginative theme of science fiction where completely impossible situations carefully blend with topics of general interest.’
      • ‘The new museum graphics had to complement the existing and blend with the Spanish Colonial architecture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both had good voices and they blended well together.’
      • ‘New Zealand flax with pink-toned leaves, for example, blends well with pink flowers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They blended well together and were sympathetically supported by the accompanying string orchestra, also standing to play.’
      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 unobtrusive or harmonious by being similar in appearance or behavior.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The materials will help give it a natural feel and blend in with the surroundings.’
      • ‘The drop section of the comforter is olive green and the color scheme is perfect for blending into a room featuring natural, earth colors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They've found it's possible to construct pools that are more about building with nature and blending into the natural land scape.’
      • ‘She uses the garden to show clients how works of art can blend into natural settings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In one scene, his character appears sporting a shirt that blends in seamlessly with the coverings on the wall.’
      • ‘The post office wants new blood and new ideas but also to blend in with the older, more established customers.’
      • ‘The beautiful Red Lipped Batfish is a bottom dweller that blends into the readily available natural debris.’
      • ‘The point this season is the nautical influences blending into some of this season's trends.’
      • ‘Morina had helped dress Desiree in a servant's outfit, so she would appear to blend in.’
      • ‘The subtle colours of the various boxes have been intentionally chosen to blend into the natural habitat.’
      • ‘In your experience, interviewing them, who do you think fared better in terms of acculturating and blending into Australian society?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They could blend into their surroundings and appear to vanish into thin air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the teams finally set up camp, they construct a shelter that blends into the scenery and build handmade weapons and tools.’
      • ‘Like all white and single backpackers, Scot arrives in India with the idea of travelling without blending in.’

noun

  • 1A mixture of different things or qualities.

    ‘Ontario offers a cultural blend you'll find nowhere else on earth’
    ‘knitting yarns in mohair blends’
    • ‘A more complex and effective mix is to use a blend of lemon juice and rose water in fresh butter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Novel blends of foods from different continents grace the menu.’
    • ‘Medi-Coat is a blend of several different polymers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For more exotic smells, or an aroma that's a little mysterious, experiment with your own blends by mixing different spices and herbs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In sweaters, for example, the blend's wool component retains body heat and imparts thickness, while cotton makes it comfortable to wear.’
    • ‘A synergistic blend of healing substances, according to ayurveda, delivers a holistic benefit that is greater than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘Or try Body Balance, a blend of balance poses combined with flowing guided movements, yoga and meditation.’
    • ‘This trio of New Zealanders will play a blend of original compositions and jazz favourites.’
    • ‘And it's shooting for designer quality: sweaters with blends of alpaca and cashmere, and khakis made of three-ply Italian fabric.’
    • ‘At weddings, a common food is biryani, a rice dish with lamb or beef and a blend of spices, particularly saffron.’
    • ‘Square Summer Pie, with its blend of peppers, potatoes, mustard, and artichoke hearts, was created specifically to bake in the cool of the morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recently, scientists have been able to encapsulate pharmaceutical-grade olive oil in a blend with vitamins, minerals and herbals.’
    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 or grades of a substance, such as tea, coffee, whiskey, etc.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At B.R. Guest restaurants, Renzi listed a terrific wine from the Languedoc called Cirrus - a blend of five different grapes.’
      • ‘Make up small quantities of your blends so they don't have to stand for too long before being used.’
      • ‘You will get the best out of your tomatoes if you fertilise them regularly either with manure or a good quality granular blend.’
      • ‘Real tea is sometimes combined with herbal blends to supply the benefits of both.’
      • ‘A #2 blend has lubricating qualities that make it oily and smelly.’
      • ‘For example, you can find blends of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and so on.’
      • ‘Whether it's for a Mexican dish or an Italian dish, people are looking at the different blends of cheese that fit that need.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though most chocolatiers use a blend of different beans, some prefer to stick to a favorite brand.’
      • ‘The sparkling wine, Sula Brut, is made out of a blend of three different grape varieties; a creamy, light nectar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the New World such a process is likely to involve the assembly of blends of various different quality levels and character.’
      • ‘I personally support the idea of a mandatory target for ethanol blends in general fuel-based products.’
      • ‘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 the parts of others 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 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.’
      • ‘The term phaser was created as a blend of phase and laser.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

blend

/blend//blɛnd/