commingle, mingle, immingle

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echo_zkl

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Mandarin - Mainland China
Hi, could any of you please tell me the differences of the meaning and usage of these three words? Google just didn't show me much. Thanks.
 
  • papakapp

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    English - NW US
    Hi, could any of you please tell me the differences of the meaning and usage of these three words? Google just didn't show me much. Thanks.

    I have never used nor heard "immingle" until this post.

    As far as the other two, I use "commingle" when I want to imply that the things should not be mingled, and I use mingle to imply that the things should be mingled. But I am not sure there is a strict difference.
     

    echo_zkl

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    Mandarin - Mainland China
    Thank you, papakapp.

    I saw the word immingle here when I tried to distinguish those two words commingle and mingle. So are you saying the word immingle is not a real word or it's obsolete?
     

    xqby

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    English (U.S.)
    Immingle ​is archaic, yes. It's almost entirely dead, as far as I know. The Corpus of Contemporary American English shows commingle ~50 times, mingle ~900 times, and immingle 9 not at all.

    I don't think I personally would use "commingle" very often either, though it wouldn't bother me to see it written.
     
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