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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.
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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Examples from the web for mingling
  • The composition of the lava erupted suggest a process of dynamic, fast mixing and mingling.
  • Both males and females strode about the enclosure picking up fruit and mingling with their friends.
  • The theory emerged from the total mingling of his art and his nature studies.
  • Soon enough the gentle sounds of the canyon were mingling with the happy laughter of children.
  • We should be neutral as far as regards the mingling in the strife.
  • Here there was never any more than the mingling of their sorrows.
  • Altogether he was an amiable brother, mingling high animal spirits with a delightful imagination and a gentle manner.
  • mingling its notes with the soft susurrus and sighs of the branches.
  • The plan was to give a few interviews, sign some autographs and do some mingling.
  • True enough, these stories are intended to be comic, but they lack any mingling of comedy with pathos.
British Dictionary definitions for mingling


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 mingling



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.

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