blend Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an occurrence of thorough mixing
  2. noun a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings
    portmanteau word; portmanteau.
    • `smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'
    • `motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'
    • `brunch' is a well-known portmanteau
  3. noun the act of blending components together thoroughly
  4. verb combine into one
    immingle; intermix; intermingle.
    • blend the nuts and raisins together
    • he blends in with the crowd
    • We don't intermingle much
  5. verb blend or harmonize
    go; blend in.
    • This flavor will blend with those in your dish
    • This sofa won't go with the chairs
  6. verb mix together different elements
    mix; conflate; immix; coalesce; commingle; flux; fuse; combine; merge; meld.
    • The colors blend well


Blend transitive verb
OE. blenden, blanden, AS. blandan to blend, mix; akin to Goth. blandan to mix, Icel. blanda, Sw. blanda, Dan. blande, OHG. blantan to mis; to unknown origin.
imperfect & past participle Blended or Blent present participle & verbal noun Blending
  1. To mix or mingle together; esp. to mingle, combine, or associate so that the separate things mixed, or the line of demarcation, can not be distinguished. Hence: To confuse; to confound.
    Blending the grand, the beautiful, the gay. Percival.
  2. To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain. Obs. Spenser. Syn. -- To commingle; combine; fuse; merge; amalgamate; harmonize.
Blend intransitive verb
  1. To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other, as colors.
    There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality. Irving.
Blend noun
  1. A thorough mixture of one thing with another, as color, tint, etc., into another, so that it cannot be known where one ends or the other begins.
Blend transitive verb
AS. blendan, from blind blind. See Blind, a.
  1. To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive. Obs. Chaucer.

Webster 1913