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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ Until then he would just blend in with the walls.
In dress and behavior, blend in.
▪ Done in a sympathetic way, a loft conversion can blend in almost anywhere.
▪ And a multitude of finishes and textures can make it blend in even better.
▪ She was supposed to blend in with that group.
▪ It blends in very well with the surrounding architecture, and yet it gives it a nice lively look.
▪ The primarily agricultural work blends in with the liturgical calendar of the church.
▪ Yet, the culture had an immense appeal to me, and I wanted to blend in and belong to it.
▪ The picturesque stone-walled villages and farms blend into the natural surroundings and add to their beauty.
fade/blend into the woodwork
▪ The skipper turned out to be a quiet figure intent on blending into the woodwork.
▪ The guy does know how to blend into the woodwork.
▪ Beat the egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of water and blend them into the white sauce.
▪ Children love the play because it blends the human and animal worlds.
▪ Her first novel successfully blends a sense of innocence with overwhelming bitterness.
▪ The ballet company's repertoire blends tradition and creative innovation.
▪ The ingredients should be blended together until they are smooth.
▪ Add milk and eggs and stir to blend.
▪ At Buitoni we go even further and blend a full five eggs - quality controlled and fully pasteurised - into each kilo.
▪ But for once his famous ability to blend laughter and pain is overcome by the weight of his subject.
▪ But on Clinton, they blend artfully.
▪ Everything blended with everything else, trees and brush and sky, and already he was on the edge of lost.
▪ Generally speaking, one is best avoiding the middle colour tones as they will not blend well with the flowers.
▪ In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract and salt until well blended.
▪ Transparency of design to blend with the existing landscape is encouraged.
▪ All of these areas have contained the right blend of idiosyncratic factors of production.
▪ Somehow they just do not look right and blend.
▪ Steve and Maggie have toured extensively and together present a unique blend of traditional and Tilston material.
▪ As ever, there will be a unique blend of the hilarious, the outrageous, the poignant and the pertinent.
▪ Sometimes he seems to be an extraordinary blend of artist, poet and businessman.
▪ The England team is a good side, with a nice blend of experience and youthful energy.
▪ Each preparation is a blend of fruit, flower, herb or plant extracts.
▪ For meditation, yoga or for a philosophical discussion, try a blend of frankincense, myrrh and cedarwood.
▪ He also took a nightly bath containing lavender, clary-sage or chamomile - sometimes a blend of all three essences.
▪ In economics, its use is a blend of two ideas, abstraction and pure problem-solving.
▪ The following recipe uses this blend to create a loyal, hearty, and enjoyable bread.
▪ The Rhone Rangers also have produced a host of Rhonestyle blends, usually with a high percentage of grenache.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blend \Blend\, v. i. 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.


Blend \Blend\, n. 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 \Blend\, v. t. [AS. blendan, from blind blind. See Blind, a.] To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive. [Obs.]


Blend \Blend\ (bl[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blended or Blent (bl[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. Blending.] [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.]

  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.

  2. To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain. [Obs.]

    Syn: To commingle; combine; fuse; merge; amalgamate; harmonize.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"mixture formed by blending," 1690s, from 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.)). Compare 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. 1 A mixture of two or more things. 2 (context linguistics English) A word formed by combining two other words; a grammatical contamination, portmanteau word. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other. 2 (context intransitive English) To be mingled or mixed.

  1. n. an occurrence of thorough mixing

  2. a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; "`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" [syn: portmanteau word, portmanteau]

  3. the act of blending components together thoroughly [syn: blending]

  4. v. combine into one; "blend the nuts and raisins together"; "he blends in with the crowd"; "We don't intermingle much" [syn: intermix, immingle, intermingle]

  5. blend or harmonize; "This flavor will blend with those in your dish"; "This sofa won't go with the chairs" [syn: go, blend in]

  6. mix together different elements; "The colors blend well" [syn: flux, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, fuse, coalesce, meld, combine, merge]


A "blend" is a mixture of two or more different things or substances; e.g., a product of a mixer or blender.

Blend (album)

Blend is the BoDeans sixth studio album, and was released in 1996. It peaked at number 132 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Usage examples of "blend".

This collection is arranged as a continuum, each story having an afterword that blends into the introduction of the next story.

It was made out of a blend of cotton and silk, an airy material that Agate favored.

To the west rose the laval peak of Ancon Hill, sitting above the blend of modern and Spanish colonial buildings, above the busy new roads and the ancient maze of alleys and bazaars, above the living pot-pourri of Mestizos and Negroes, Chinese, Hindus and Europeans.

Everybody knew what the DS were looking for: people with aptitude, who could blend in.

With Druidical religious rites were blended Arkite and Sabian superstition.

The history of athletics is not foreign to that of medicine, but, on the contrary, the two are in many ways intimately blended.

Bill Ayers would have blended right in with all the other ideological stuff that had been appearing regularly in the New York Times.

Or the badgeless wizard might be trying to blend the advantages of alternatives 1 and 2 - i.

Her laughter rose to the forest canopy, blended with the continuous call of the barbet, a bird that seemed to love the sound of its own voice.

 Her laughter rose to the forest canopy, blended with the continuous call of the barbet, a bird that seemed to love the sound of its own voice.

And with the deep gratitude which she felt towards her benefactress was blended a sort of impassioned respect, which rendered her timid and deferent each time that she saw her arrive, tall and distinguished, ever clad in black, and showing the remnants of her former beauty which sorrow had wrecked already, though she was barely six-and-forty years of age.

If I have borne much, and my spirit has worked out its earthly end in travail and in tears, yet I would not forego the lessons which my life has bequeathed me, even though they be deeply blended with sadness and regret.

Blend tea, which was mixed secretly in Canton with exact proportions of tea and bergamot peel to give a clean, fruity taste.

And in the teashop they began to appreciate the true flavor of Bottommost as the calls of the hawkers, the bells in the Birders House, and the soft light blended into music.

She had never told him that blended in with the bi-kyndi blocker and memory drops had been a poison.