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blend

[blend] /blɛnd/
verb (used with object), blended or blent, blending.
1.
to mix smoothly and inseparably together:
to blend the ingredients in a recipe.
2.
to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality:
Blend a little red paint with the blue paint.
3.
to prepare by such mixture:
This tea is blended by mixing chamomile with pekoe.
4.
to pronounce (an utterance) as a combined sequence of sounds.
verb (used without object), blended or blent, blending.
5.
to mix or intermingle smoothly and inseparably:
I can't get the eggs and cream to blend.
6.
to fit or relate harmoniously; accord; go:
The brown sofa did not blend with the purple wall.
7.
to have no perceptible separation:
Sea and sky seemed to blend.
noun
8.
an act or manner of blending:
tea of our own blend.
9.
a mixture or kind produced by blending:
a special blend of rye and wheat flours.
10.
Linguistics. a word made by putting together parts of other words, as motel, made from motor and hotel, brunch, from breakfast and lunch, or guesstimate, from guess and estimate.
11.
a sequence of two or more consonant sounds within a syllable, as the bl in blend; consonant cluster.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English blenden, Old English blendan to mix, for blandan; cognate with Old Norse blanda, Old High German blantan to mix
Related forms
nonblended, adjective
nonblending, adjective, noun
reblend, verb, reblended or reblent, reblending.
unblended, adjective
well-blended, adjective
Synonyms
1. compound. See mix. 1, 5. mingle, commingle, combine, amalgamate, unite. 5. coalesce. 8, 9. combination, amalgamation.
Antonyms
1, 5. separate.
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  • Paint the frame to blend in with your kitchen or to stand out as an accent.
  • Do this only enough to blend fruit pieces without grinding them.
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British Dictionary definitions for blend

blend

/blɛnd/
verb
1.
to mix or mingle (components) together thoroughly
2.
(transitive) to mix (different grades or varieties of tea, whisky, tobacco, etc) to produce a particular flavour, consistency, etc
3.
(intransitive) to look good together; harmonize
4.
(intransitive) (esp of colours) to shade imperceptibly into each other
noun
5.
a mixture or type produced by blending
6.
the act of blending
7.
Also called portmanteau word. a word formed by joining together the beginning and the end of two other words: "brunch" is a blend of "breakfast" and "lunch"
Word Origin
Old English blandan; related to blendan to deceive, Old Norse blanda, Old High German blantan
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Word Origin and History for blend
v.

c.1300, blenden, "to mix, mingle, stir up a liquid," in northern writers, from or akin to rare Old English blandan "to mix," blondan (Mercian) or Old Norse blanda "to mix," or a combination of the two; from Proto-Germanic *blandan "to mix," which comes via a notion of "to make cloudy" from an extended Germanic form of the PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.); also blind (adj.)). Cf. Old Saxon and Old High German blantan, Gothic blandan, Middle High German blenden "to mix;" German Blendling "bastard, mongrel," and outside Germanic, Lithuanian blandus "troubled, turbid, thick;" Old Church Slavonic blesti "to go astray." Figurative use from early 14c. Related: Blended; blending.

n.

"mixture formed by blending," 1690s, from blend (v.).

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