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[ming-guh l] /ˈmɪŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), mingled, mingling.
to become mixed, blended, or united.
to associate or mix in company:
She refuses to mingle with bigots.
to associate or take part with others; participate.
verb (used with object), mingled, mingling.
to mix or combine; put together in a mixture; blend.
to unite, join, or conjoin.
to associate in company:
a hostess who mingles diplomats with executives.
to form by mixing; compound; concoct.
mingles, two or more single, unrelated adults who live together.
Origin of mingle
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English menglen, equivalent to meng(en) to mix (Old English mengan; cognate with Dutch, German mengen) + -(e)len -le
Related forms
minglement, noun
mingler, noun
remingle, verb, remingled, remingling.
unmingled, adjective
well-mingled, adjective
4. commingle, intermingle, intermix. See mix. Unabridged
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  • It buckled, and strata—Time-sectors—were thrust up to mingle with others.

    Where the World is Quiet Henry Kuttner
  • He had also a trick to mingle his commodity, that that which was bad might go off with the least mistrust.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • You wouldn't have time enough to have any conspiracy, to be self-saving, to mingle with the crowd, as it was told about me.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • If he could but see her and mingle his tears with hers he would be content.

  • Every one was astonished that she should mingle grief with so much joy.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
British Dictionary definitions for mingle


to mix or cause to mix
(intransitive) often foll by with. to come into close association
Derived Forms
mingler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old English mengan to mix; related to Middle Dutch mengen, Old Frisian mengja
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Word Origin and History for mingle

mid-15c., "to bring together," frequentative of Middle English myngen "to mix," from Old English mengan (related to second element in among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (cf. Old Saxon mengian, Old Norse menga, Old Frisian mendza, German mengen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, fashion, fit" (see macerate). The formation may have been suggested by cognate Middle Dutch mengelen. Of persons, "to join with others, be sociable" (intransitive), from c.1600. Related: Mingled; mingling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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