ingredient

noun
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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Other Words from ingredient

ingredient adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for ingredient

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

whole

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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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At that time, the ingredients for life on Earth were merely microscopic, organic material found in the early oceans. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Here Are 12 Things You Might Miss in the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall," 7 June 2019 Magic mushrooms, whose active ingredient is psilocybin, are in the vanguard. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms, illegal in most places, may have therapeutic uses," 7 June 2019 As a result, customers must simply trust that the ingredients and claims listed on a product’s label are accurate, often without much outside validation. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "These Dietary Supplements Were Linked to Serious Health Problems in Young People," 6 June 2019 The special ingredient here is ricotta cheese, which gives these little guys a light, airy texture. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "A half-dozen recipes for delectable doughnuts, coming right up," 6 June 2019 The second ingredient after water is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a form of vitamin C that is easily absorbed by the skin. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Used Only Kylie Skin Products For a Whole Week. Here's My Honest Review.," 29 May 2019 The magic ingredient is actually an iron-rich protein from soy plants mass-produced using yeast. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is the Impossible Burger Actually Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In on the Ingredients," 29 Apr. 2019 The actual ingredients for the drink are Hendrick’s Gin, Campari, espresso, coffee liquor and rosemary syrup. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Enchanting Rooftop Garden Has Private Greenhouses You Can Eat Dinner In," 17 Apr. 2019 Epidiolex, an epilepsy drug whose active ingredient is CBD, went on sale in November. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Food Infused With Cannabis Extract Takes a Hit," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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ingredient

noun

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

ingredient

noun
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

ingredient

noun
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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