Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mix or bring together in combination, usually without loss of individual characteristics. See Synonyms at mix.
  • transitive v. To mix so that the components become united; merge.
  • intransitive v. To be or become mixed or united.
  • intransitive v. To join or take part with others: The faculty mingled with the trustees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mix; intermix; to combine or join, as an individual or part, with other parts, but commonly so as to be distinguishable in the product; to confuse; to confound.
  • v. To associate or unite in society or by ties of relationship; to cause or allow to intermarry; to intermarry.
  • v. To deprive of purity by mixture; to contaminate.
  • v. : To put together; to join. Shakespeare.
  • v. To make or prepare by mixing the ingredients of.
  • v. To become mixed or blended.
  • n. A mixture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mixture.
  • intransitive v. To become mixed or blended.
  • intransitive v. To associate (with certain people).
  • intransitive v. To move (among other people); -- of people.
  • transitive v. To mix; intermix; to combine or join, as an individual or part, with other parts, but commonly so as to be distinguishable in the product; to confuse; to confound.
  • transitive v. To associate or unite in society or by ties of relationship; to cause or allow to intermarry; to intermarry.
  • transitive v. To deprive of purity by mixture; to contaminate.
  • transitive v. To put together; to join.
  • transitive v. To make or prepare by mixing the ingredients of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix; blend; combine intimately; form a combination of.
  • To form by mixing or blending; combine the parts or ingredients of; compound or concoct.
  • To bring into relation or association; connect or conjoin.
  • To confuse; impair or spoil by mixture with something.
  • Synonyms and Mingle, Mix, Blend. Mingle and mix are often quite synonymous; where they differ, mix is likely to be found to indicate a more complete loss of individuality by that which is joined with something else. Blend vividly suggests the joining of two or more colors to form a third, and so a passing of two or more sounds, qualities, or the like into each other in such a way as to produce a result partaking of the qualities of each.
  • To be or become joined, combined, or mixed; enter into combination or intimate relation: as, to mingle with society; oil and water will not mingle.
  • To be formed by mixingor blending.
  • Synonyms see I.
  • n. A mixture; a medley; a jumble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to bring or combine together or with something else
  • v. be all mixed up or jumbled together
  • v. get involved or mixed-up with

Etymologies

Middle English menglen, frequentative of mengen, to mix, from Old English mengan; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier mingil, mengle, from Middle English *mengelen, equivalent to ming +‎ -le. Cognate with Dutch mengelen ("to mingle, mix"), German menglen ("to mingle, mix"). More at ming. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This time the monthly mingle is about lunches for kids and was started by Meeta of What's for Lunch Honey

    Creamy Corn and Herbs

  • The house must have smiled to hear laughter and singing and sounds of love once again mingle with the timeless rhythm of restless wind.

    Rancho El Pozo: a vignette

  • Why must that hateful name mingle with the rejoicings of his merry guests?

    The Youth of the Great Elector

  • But another reason why the event is so popular is because it gives local businesses a chance to mix and mingle, which is always one of the chamber's main objectives.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • Peter riffs a different question from this exchange, but before getting to that, I, being a disagreeable type, beg todiffer with his acquaintance'spremise that readers (I dislike the term fans) who attend conferences do not "mingle" with the speakers.

    Choosing what to read

  • Here is another way to "mingle" with your prospects.

    April Rudin: Welcome to the Wonderful World of the High Net-Worth

  • (Never mind that Bush doesn't "mingle" with the likes of beer drinkers).

    Quote Of The Day

  • I had left the bridge of my ship one afternoon to "mingle" with the cruising passengers.

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  • I travelled up to London tonight for a multi-author signing event at Forbidden Planet, also known as the 'mingle' as the authors brushed shoulders with the great unwashed without the benefit of a desk to cower behind.

    The Forbidden Planet Multi-Author Event

  • This time a small knot of people listened to one or two speeches and a bagpiper, and was asked by the MC, well before the first hour of the protest was done, to "mingle," because it was planned to "go on until 2 o'clock."

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