in·​gre·​di·​ent | \ in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt How to pronounce ingredient (audio) \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web One way to tell is by looking at the ingredient list. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 Production will ramp up over time, the result of a complex active ingredient in the pill that takes time to make, and all 10 million will be delivered by late summer. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 23 Dec. 2021 Upon a preliminary scan of any skin-care ingredient list, vitamin E (also known as alpha-tocopherol) may very well go undetected. Sarah Han, Allure, 4 Nov. 2021 Look for the following labels on a brand's website: Before purchasing a CBD oil, read the full ingredient list to check for compounds or carrier oils that could cause an allergic reaction., 27 Sep. 2021 Humility is a key ingredient to successful leadership. Bija Bennett, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2021 At the same time, Vesemir discovers that Ciri’s veins are pumping with Elder blood — a key ingredient in the mutagens used to create witchers, which were lost in the attack on Kaer Morhen. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Lithium is a key ingredient for the big, rechargeable batteries that power electric vehicles and store energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines -- keeping that energy in use even when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing. Ella Nilsen And Rene Marsh, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 For the denim-obsessed, a good pair of jeans can be the key ingredient to achieving a confidence-inducing look. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2021

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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 entry 1

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10 Jan 2022

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“Ingredient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce ingredient (audio) \

Kids Definition of ingredient

: one of the substances that make up a mixture


in·​gre·​di·​ent | \ in-ˈgrēd-ē-ənt How to pronounce ingredient (audio) \

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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ingredient adjective

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