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ingredient

noun in·gre·di·ent \in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt\

: one of the things that are used to make a food, product, etc.

: a quality or characteristic that makes something possible

Full Definition of INGREDIENT

:  something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture :  constituent
ingredient adjective

Examples of INGREDIENT

  1. He uses only the finest ingredients in his cooking.
  2. the ingredients of a salad
  3. the ingredients in the soap
  4. Honesty is an essential ingredient of a successful marriage.
  5. The show has all the ingredients needed to attract a large audience.

Origin of INGREDIENT

Middle English, from Latin ingredient-, ingrediens, present participle of ingredi to go into, from in- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with INGREDIENT

ingredient

noun in·gre·di·ent \in-ˈgrēd-ē-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INGREDIENT

:  something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture <formula which will have just about the same ingredients as mother's milk—Morris Fishbein>
ingredient adjective

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