Definition of mix in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Combine or put together to form one substance or mass.

    ‘peppercorns are sometimes mixed with other spices for a table condiment’
    ‘these two chemicals, when mixed together, literally explode’
    • ‘Mostly these are 2 part developers, which are mixed together and diluted for use.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Substances are mixed with all sorts of things to give them bulk and sell for triple the price.’
    • ‘They all look the same, and all smell as if seventeen different mechanical lubricants had been mixed together.’
    • ‘Three schools of new grade sevens would be mixed together in five classes.’
    • ‘The meat mix and the dry mix are mixed together inside the extruder forming a complete mix.’
    • ‘Songs, arias, and operatic scenes are mixed together, and that works well too.’
    • ‘When chemicals that are capable of reacting with each other are mixed together, a reaction ensues and product is produced.’
    • ‘Epoxies come in a two-part formula of catalyst and hardener, and must be mixed together in equal portions to form an adhesive.’
    • ‘As a second step, these natural cheeses are mixed with emulsifying agents into a homogeneous mass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Special composts are made from several types of manure, which are mixed together and buried in the soil for up to six months.’
    • ‘The samples from within each prairie were combined and mixed together for analysis.’
    • ‘Silanes and siloxanes can also be mixed together to make a sealer that both penetrates deeper and fills larger void spaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the colours are able to be mixed together with the aim of impacting on viewers as in inspired art.’
    • ‘Once everything was mixed together, I turned the dough onto a floured surface and kneaded it.’
    blend, mingle, combine, put together, stir, jumble, merge
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    1. 1.1no object, often with negative (of different substances) be able to be combined to form one substance or mass.
      ‘oil and water don't mix’
      • ‘Problems will also arise if too much water mixes with the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, or antifreeze.’
      • ‘This explains why, in a closed system, 2 gases will always mix despite the fact that no heat may be exchanged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dust and mist mixed in the air about him, creating a slight haze, blocking out the light.’
      • ‘These gases mix with ground water and emerge around springs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When some of the minerals mix with the carbon, the diamond takes some other color in it.’
      • ‘‘In this instance, a wet cloth makes no difference, as oil and water don't mix,’ says Maguire.’
      • ‘Another type of explosion can happen when very fine powders or dust mixes with air in an enclosed space.’
      • ‘Scientists showed that, contrary to an old axiom, water and oil do mix - under certain conditions.’
      • ‘We had completely forgotten that his anti-depressants couldn't mix with the alcohol.’
      • ‘Coming up next, oil and water don't mix but oil and politics are certainly another matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Protein foods do not mix well with fruit, the fruit undermines the digestion of the protein.’
      • ‘Water and oil don't mix because they are two different kinds of molecules.’
      • ‘Oil and water do not mix because they are fundamentally different substances, not only in their obvious characteristics but also on a molecular scale.’
      blend, mingle, combine, put together, stir, jumble, merge
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    2. 1.2 Make or prepare by combining various ingredients.
      ‘mixing concrete is hard physical work’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A preparation of foot-hardening-stuff was mixed up and the sheep's foot bathed in it.’
      • ‘But biotech drugs can't be made by mixing a recipe of ingredients A, B, and C.’
      • ‘In terms of longevity, prepare to purchase and mix new developer about every five years or so.’
      • ‘These were the days when concrete was mixed on site, and it was wheeled about in rickshaws - double sized wheelbarrows full of liquid concrete.’
      • ‘It is made from solid concrete that is mixed at the right percentages to make it heat resistant.’
      • ‘The project will take some time, but children love to muck in, helping mix concrete and move blocks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 Juxtapose or put together to form a whole whose constituent parts are still distinct.
      ‘he continues to mix an offhand sense of humor with a sharp insight’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several sources are mixed together, including news footage, video taped-on-the-scene segments, and recent interviews.’
      • ‘The separate pieces can be mixed and matched for more wardrobe options.’
      • ‘Leather mixes with velvet and silk as if it were the most natural thing in the world.’
      • ‘Elements of all three are mixed together in a blend that rapidly curdles.’
      • ‘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.’
      place side by side, set side by side, place close to one another, set close to one another
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  • 2no 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.’
    • ‘Many little children mixed with the old people visiting the yellow houses.’
    • ‘Some of his previous convictions for violence had occurred when he was mixing with the wrong people in southern England.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In those days, theatre people mixed with society.’
    • ‘‘Our religion has strong values which say boys and girls should not mix together,’ she said.’
    • ‘Men and women do not mix socially, except in family groups.’
    • ‘During the operation two police officers known as Matt and Anne mixed with users for three weeks at the end of July.’
    • ‘Our staff was a lot of talented young guys mixed with a few veterans.’
    • ‘By his own admission, he has mixed with ‘dangerous people, hustlers, all sorts’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is to be moved to Greenock prison in December, where he will mix with other prisoners.’
    • ‘Drinking alcohol has long been a favourite stimulant and helps people mix together socially in China.’
    • ‘But socially he was entirely at home in those Third Republic salons where politicians mixed with aristocrats, diplomats, and writers.’
    • ‘As people mix with one another there have been adaptations and innovations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even when we socially mix with each other, we tend to compare notes, or egos for that matter.’
    • ‘My parents mixed with the CND crowd protesting about the local airbases.’
    associate, socialize, mingle, meet, get together, have dealings, fraternize, circulate, keep company, rub shoulders, consort, move, go out
    be compatible, get along, get on, go, go together, 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’
    • ‘Audience tracks were then mixed in stereo for the TV broadcast.’
    • ‘The transmitter mixes the signal with some strong radio signals called carrier waves.’
    • ‘A danceable cumbia or salsa track is mixed with other sounds, everything from electronica to rap.’
    • ‘In the past most live recordings mix the audience sounds way down, then back up between numbers.’
    1. 3.1 Produce (a sound signal or recording) by combining a number of separate signals or recorded soundtracks.
      ‘it took two years to mix his album’
      • ‘He was a disc jockey mixing music tracks for his local state college's radio station this time last year.’
      • ‘We have most of their album recorded and mixed, but we're looking for the hot single.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jazz is the real music and here's this cool idea mixing old jazz vocalists' performances with the hip new sounds of today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That came up later when the album was being mixed at the end of the year.’
      • ‘But, at the same time, the track is mixed loudly - making one wonder whether this is supposed to be pleasant or irritating.’
      • ‘In live performance, he mixes prerecorded tracks and processes them through sound effects.’
      • ‘We only had a few days' time to record, overdub and mix three songs.’
      • ‘I was surprised because we had hired him to just mix a couple of tracks for radio.’
      • ‘That was one of theirs… in fact Jeff mixed the entire album under a pseudonym.’
      • ‘The soundtrack was mixed very will with no distortion present.’
      • ‘He said that if he mixed the record we would get dropped.’
      • ‘We had already put a fair amount of production into the songs so he was there to be an engineer, to mix the record.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How he came to produce and mix the soundtrack for the film, however, is a story in itself.’
      • ‘The soundtrack uses field recordings mixed with other found sounds, like the sounds of elephants roaring and snippets of Arabic and Israeli pop music.’
      • ‘This very aggressive and well mixed soundtrack is free and clear of any hiss or distortion.’
      • ‘In those days, records were mixed and put on the air in short order.’
    2. 3.2 Produce (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 flavor’
      no object ‘music was blaring and there was a DJ in the corner mixing and scratching’
      • ‘Pictures show him mixing beats and playing both the guitar and keyboard.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A DJ stood inside the foyer of the hotel room, mixing songs 57 floors above Times Square.’
      • ‘There is really nothing "morphing" about a DJ mixing two tracks; it's a simple volume fade.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you think technology is making DJing better or do you prefer old-school DJs who mix beats live?’
      • ‘There's no DJ mixing at the decks.’
      • ‘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!’
  • 4mix it" or "mix it upinformal Be belligerent physically or verbally.

    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘A win will take me on to a higher level where I can start mixing it with champions.’
    • ‘Just like his country he ended it with his head still high and still mixing it with superior opposition.’
    • ‘They have shown that they are capable of mixing it with the best.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there have been many prominent examples of judicial figures mixing it in contemporary controversies.’
    • ‘Despite all this, despite seemingly reduced from last season, Chievo are still mixing it with the big boys.’
    • ‘One minute he's mixing it with his hardened opponent in midfield.’
    • ‘I happen to think he is an excellent fighter, capable of mixing it with any of the world's top fighters.’
    • ‘Knowing that in purely physical terms we can mix it with the best has given us a great amount of confidence and composure.’
    • ‘I enjoy mixing it a bit and will play any sport except basketball: I've not got the physique.’
    • ‘He was stung by the punch and unwisely chose to start mixing it with his opponent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He loves nothing better than watching a bunch of big dumb forwards mixing it.’


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

    ‘the decor is a mix of antique and modern’
    • ‘I think I've got a fair mix of ages and qualities.’
    • ‘Once again, he has appeased the demands of aficionados by gathering a fascinating mix of artists in the city this week.’
    • ‘Here all this and the worst political and cultural extremism were combined in a violent mix of hatred and cold, calculated conception.’
    • ‘She argues that true leadership involves a mix of inherent qualities, such as creativity and personal effectiveness skills such as good communication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They combine a rich mix of styles and colours to form a unique, well-travelled look.’
    • ‘The children were fascinated as she laced her stories with a fascinating mix of humour, folklore and common sense.’
    • ‘He has put together a squad full of quality with a good mix of youth and experience, and foreign and homegrown players.’
    • ‘Her hair was a fascinating mix of dark brown and light brown and her skin was pale brown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of these also included room for participants to comment, relying on a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What gets linked would be at the host's discretion - hopefully a nice mix of quality patient stories, science news, and policy points.’
    • ‘For a mild mix, combine familiar types of leaf lettuce with greens such as mizuna, purslane, mache and chervil.’
    • ‘Most chemicals can be combined in a mix of water, seed, and fertilizer, although some manufacturers recommend separate application.’
    • ‘There's a varied mix of maps in different formats.’
    • ‘His blog is a fascinating mix of opinion, fact and fantasy.’
    • ‘The three-storey building combines a spectacular mix of mid 20th-century Chinese and Western architectural styles.’
    mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybrid
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    1. 1.1 A group of people of different types within a particular society or community.
      ‘the school has a good social mix’
      • ‘The mix of society has changed over the past 30 years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, there have been variations in the rate of change in the mix of social classes between the North and the South.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ethnic mix, language, culture, religion, social structure, and income levels vary considerably across the country.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The styles of music, dance, drama, and oratory vary significantly, reflecting the multicultural mix of the society.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To force a social mix via drastic social engineering - bussing was one example - is not politically feasible.’
      • ‘Take America, where the social mix at universities is far broader than here, and which operates a system of top up fees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Educational opportunities abound and are facilitated, while indoor and outdoor sporting activities are part of the social mix.’
      • ‘When sponsors see the demographics of our fans and drivers, they see an unparalleled mix of gender, ethnicity, and age.’
      • ‘The club's ethos of social inclusion and integration is reflected in the eclectic mix of nationalities represented within the team.’
      • ‘The inquiry had specified the translation of leaflets outlining operations and their possible complications into several languages to reflect the community's ethnic mix.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The community is a diverse mix of age groups, cultures, occupations, and talents united in a commitment to the town and the environment.’
      • ‘By the early 1980s a new and powerful entity had inserted itself into the societal 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.’
      • ‘Urban renewal programs in the 1950s were actually based on the presumption that social mix could make communities more stable.’
    2. 1.2 The proportion of different people or other constituents that make up a mixture.
      ‘arriving at the correct mix of full-time to part-time staff’
      ‘pants made from a cotton and polyester mix’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a hybrid mix between a unit-linked and a with-profit plan.’
      • ‘The understory is a diverse mix of ferns and wildflowers.’
      • ‘Great fabrics for shorts are a mix of cotton with spandex or polyester.’
      • ‘What they have not had is the correct mix of those services.’
      • ‘With a diverse mix of issue and feature based stories, the series well seek to entertain and provoke in equal measure.’
      • ‘If the other elements of the mix are not correct, promotion alone is unlikely to make customers buy the product.’
      • ‘The correct mix of important looking fonts, jargon and shiny paper combining to give the illusion of authenticity.’
      • ‘It's a mix of confusion, fear, worry, sorrow, and possibly anger.’
      • ‘A change in the customer mix, with the proportion of Chinese patronage increasing, is also anticipated.’
      • ‘Diverse economies have a mix of all three activities.’
      • ‘The key consideration is the correct mix of forces and enablers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Providing the correct mix of spaces for a specific group of employees may lead to gains in productivity.’
      • ‘Your troops available all have their place and there is quite an art to selecting the right mix of units towards ensuring victory.’
      • ‘Assemble a diverse mix of members of the organizations on a task force with the goal of making recommendations to leadership.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a selection of dance workouts set to a diverse mix of music and rhythms.’
      mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybrid
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    3. 1.3 An animal, especially a dog, that is not purebred.
      ‘we're guessing he's a Lab-shepherd mix’
  • 2often 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’
    • ‘These are the big peanuts found in snack foods and trail mixes; they also are often sold as freshly roasted peanuts.’
    • ‘The dragon teeth stepping stones are entirely optional - you could pour them on site with a hypertufa concrete mix.’
    • ‘Around most fields, three and six metre margins and areas seeded with special wildflower or pollen mixes provide food for invertebrates and birds.’
    • ‘According to the magazine, sales of flour and bread and cake mixes have rocketed by 14% in the past year.’
    • ‘Concrete mixes for theme coats are like those used for stucco.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clute advises adding items like soup mix packets, granola, bulk-bin pastas and pudding mixes to the pack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whip up cake mix according to package directions, and pour batter into pans (use leftover batter for cupcakes).’
    • ‘The use of admixtures doesn't play a large part in concrete mixes for tilt-up construction.’
    • ‘Often, bodybuilders will substitute diet sodas and powdered drink mixes with artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar calories.’
    • ‘The book assumes that most birthday cake makers will use a commercial cake mix.’
    • ‘Many dry-packaged products, such as instant drinks, dessert mixes and soup bases, use it to enhance the shelf life of flavors.’
    • ‘They also package and sell a variety of dried foods and prepared mixes at the restaurant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combine all ingredients, except cornflour mix, and cook over medium heat until it simmers.’
    • ‘But on reading the ingredients of a cake mix, I realise now I would never want to.’
    • ‘Not that the business is entirely against the use of mixes and other prepared ingredients.’
  • 3often 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.”’
    • ‘Far from marking any new direction, it is a retrospective, scattershot double CD of unreleased tracks, alternate mixes and rare B-sides.’
    • ‘These are two very different audio mixes (the older track fast and furious, the new one with a deliberate, pained vocal and wailing guitar).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Demos, mixes and live tracks are spread out across the four albums, which are packaged to look like the original vinyl releases.’
    • ‘Yet another competition, this time in the form of a tribute to the tedium of the fully extended dance mix.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've just heard a dance mix of it on the radio.’
    • ‘The choice of track sequence and final mix was left to others.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The song switched from some rowdy dance mix, to a very slow and achingly sweet song.’
    • ‘Sarah and Jay were dancing some sort of hip-hop/break dance/jazz mix.’
    • ‘The EP comes with two mixes of this track: one suitable for the couch and the other for the dance floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clip is included among the feast of DVD extras, alternative mixes and live recordings that accompany this multimedia anniversary edition.’
    1. 3.1 A 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I listen to club mixes, electronic music etc.’
      • ‘Gaslamp gave us an awesome dance mix of the two and all were pleased.’
      • ‘They jammed to mixes of classic rock and funk before taking up the guitar, bass and drums to create their own unmistakable sound.’
      • ‘The Mixtape Volume Six has all their latest mixes blended into an epic mixtape.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's been a little while since our latest fix of chill hiphop mixes in this playlist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You get to listen to mixes other people make as well.’
    2. 3.2 An image or sound produced by the combination of two separate images or sounds.
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The Prime Minister said: ‘Of course, I think every parent's nightmare is that their child gets mixed up in drugs.’’
      • ‘Did you write this before he got mixed up in politics?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wasn't really planning on hurting you until you got mixed up in all this.’
      • ‘When children are not in school they can get mixed up in crime or become victims of crime.’
      • ‘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.’
      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).

      • ‘At the time I was mixed up with the wrong crew, and we were asked to be extras in this production.’
      • ‘‘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?’’
      • ‘Are you hoping that she won't get mixed up with politics again?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Robert has finally moved on from that horrible teacher woman he was 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.’
      • ‘He's one of those charming, funny Peter Pan types that everybody likes but nobody should get mixed up with romantically.’
      • ‘I knew then that these were not the people I wanted to get mixed up with.’
      • ‘I was never interested in that, it's not something I ever desired for myself or ever wanted to get mixed up with.’
  • 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 colors for a combination that says winter’
      as modifier ‘a mix-and-match menu’
      • ‘Vanity cabinets come in several different styles and combinations that you can mix and match to meet your needs.’
      • ‘You can mix and match the modular pieces to create a variety of layouts.’
      • ‘With one or two exceptions one can mix and match for a combination of the options.’
      • ‘Each of the ingredients imparted a characteristic colour to the food, so it was important to know how to mix and match.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The split-page section allows the reader to mix and match different looks and accessories.’
      • ‘By making a few good basic items, you are able to mix and match to achieve a different look.’
      • ‘More and more people are opting for individual pieces of furniture that mix and match rather than the uniformity of fitted ranges.’
      • ‘After that, it was a case of mix and match, to get the combination right, and alter the combination to improve the visual effects.’
      • ‘Each and every individual is different; you can mix and match different things.’
  • mix one's drinks

    • Drink different kinds of alcohol in close succession.

      • ‘He stopped mixing his drinks and tried to stick to scotch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though I've learned my lesson: don't mix your drinks, kids.’
      • ‘Of course this became a bit repetitive as I had chosen to mix my drinks that night, however I was impressed never the less.’
      • ‘The way they were mixing their drinks basically defines British drinking culture where people drink to get drunk, not for the pleasure of drinking.’
      • ‘I'm rubbish at pacing my alcohol intake, and useless at not mixing my drinks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘We just like to mix things up a lot - we try to stay away from homogeneity.’
      • ‘Ok, now that we know some songs that go G, D, E minor, C, in that order, try mixing the order up!’
      • ‘Do the 5 programs in the suggested order, or mix it up and decide which one you want to do each day.’
      • ‘A dyslexic mistake had meant that the reps. and weights had been mixed up, so I lifted four times the weight I should have.’
      1. 1.1Confuse someone or something with another person or thing.
        ‘I'd got her mixed up with her sister’
        • ‘I think someone has mixed us up with the east coast or something.’
        • ‘The words have not been mixed up, but the meaning has.’
        • ‘‘I don't know why he always mixes us up,’ I said to my mom helplessly.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘‘You must have mixed me up with someone else,’ I said, wrinkling my nose.’
        • ‘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 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        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).