in·gre·di·ent | \in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt \

Definition of ingredient 

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

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ingredient adjective

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building block, component, constituent, element, factor, member



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element, component, constituent, ingredient mean one of the parts of a compound or complex whole. element applies to any such part and often connotes irreducible simplicity. the basic elements of geometry component and constituent may designate any of the substances (whether elements or compounds) or the qualities that enter into the makeup of a complex product; component stresses its separate entity or distinguishable character. the components of a stereo system constituent stresses its essential and formative character. the constituents of a chemical compound ingredient applies to any of the substances which when combined form a particular mixture. the ingredients of a cocktail

Examples of ingredient in a Sentence

He uses only the finest ingredients in his cooking. the ingredients of a salad the ingredients in the soap Honesty is an essential ingredient of a successful marriage. The show has all the ingredients needed to attract a large audience.
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Named after its foremost ingredient, this celery stalk is a fresh fragrance that is both botanical and earthy, thanks to its roots in parsley and purple carrots. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "The Perfect Candle for Adults Who Insist on Saying ‘Veggies’," 13 July 2018 The Fig and Blue Cheese, crafted with its namesake ingredients. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "Small butcher shops are in 'a renaissance.' How did they survive the supermarket offensive?," 2 July 2018 As Cassini skirted the E ring’s edge, some of its particles collided with an onboard instrument designed specifically to study cosmic dust and return information about its ingredients. National Geographic, "Right Stuff for Life Found on Small Saturn Moon," 27 June 2018 But much like LaCroix has cultivated characteristic secrecy about its ingredients and corporate culture, the company also declined to provide the SEC with its figures. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "SEC Has Questions For LaCroix Parent Company National Beverage," 26 June 2018 The Vegan Collagen powder had already been in the works, but then Bacon learned that its ingredients could also be absorbed transdermally. Deanna Pai, Bon Appetit, "Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon Has a New Beauty Line and, Fine, I'm Into It," 25 June 2018 For example, Evolution Fresh’s Organic Essential Greens, which has celery juice as its first ingredient, contains 300 milligrams of sodium in one 15-ounce bottle. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think," 25 June 2018 Like good sourdough bread, the best catfish hunters take pride in their stink bait creations and keep their ingredients secret. Ernie Cowan,, "The cats come out at night," 23 June 2018 Its ingredients include coconut milk fat, dates, almond flour, honey, lime juice and coconut butter. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of ingredient

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ingredient

Middle English, from Latin ingredient-, ingrediens, present participle of ingredi to go into, from in- + gradi to go — more at grade

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English Language Learners Definition of ingredient

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

: a quality or characteristic that makes something possible


in·gre·di·ent | \in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt \

Kids Definition of ingredient

: one of the substances that make up a mixture


in·gre·di·ent | \in-ˈgrēd-ē-ənt \

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

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