I'm subscribing to Merriam-Webster's daily word email. Today's word was meld (explained as: merge, blend). And here's the sentence they gave: "This work is described as a collaborative, interdisciplinary project melding the contemporary visions of a choreographer, a filmmaker, a visual artist, and a fashion designer." -- From a review by Jennifer Edwards on The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com), November 24, 2010 I felt that in this case I would have used "blend together" to express the same idea. And then stopped in my tracks. Why do we use "blend together" and not simply "blend"? "Together" is rather superfluous. But I'm not sure "blend" works on its own as well as "blend together". What do you think?