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noun rec·i·pe \ˈre-sə-(ˌ)pē\

Simple Definition of recipe

  • : a set of instructions for making food

  • : a way of doing something that will produce a particular result

Full Definition of recipe

  1. 1 :  prescription 4a

  2. 2 :  a set of instructions for making something from various ingredients

  3. 3 :  a formula or procedure for doing or attaining something <a recipe for success>

Examples of recipe

  1. The recipe calls for fresh thyme.

  2. I didn't read the recipe carefully.

  3. This is one of my grandmother's recipes.



Origin of recipe

Latin, take, imperative of recipere to take, receive — more at receive


First Known Use: 1584



RECIPE Defined for Kids

recipe

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noun rec·i·pe \ˈre-sə-pē\

Definition of recipe

  1. :  a set of instructions for making something (as a food dish) by combining various things



History for recipe

In the Middle Ages, a doctor's instructions for taking a drug would begin with the Latin word recipe, literally, “take!” Recipe is a form used in commands of the verb recipere, meaning “to take” or “to receive.” The verb receive itself comes from Latin recipere, but through French—as does the word receipt, which was once commonly used to mean “recipe.” From its use as a name for a drug prescription, recipe extended its meaning to cover instructions for making other things we consume, such as prepared food.


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noun rec·i·pe \ˈres-ə-(ˌ)pē\

Medical Definition of recipe





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