Definition of ingredient
: something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture : constituent
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.
Recent Examples of ingredient from the Web
The active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to ease inflammation and pain associated with arthritis (Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, June 15, 2016).
The substance is made from raw cacao powder (from cacao pods) and energy-drink ingredients such as taurine and guarana, which have raised alarm regarding their effect on young people when used in large quantities.
These various solids, plus frozen water (oxygen and hydrogen), frozen ammonia (nitrogen and hydrogen) and frozen methane (carbon and hydrogen), are obvious ingredients for rocky and icy cores around which gas giants might accrete.
Use a glyphosate product (no other active ingredient) to kill dallisgrass without leaving any residue in the soil to harm your new turf.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined.
And South Sudan has all the ingredients to succeed: an optimistic and youthful population, bountiful oil reserves and billions in foreign aid from the U.S.
As with most better producers in the state, St. Augustine favors local ingredients, and that explains the bright notes of citrus in its wonderful New World Gin.
Data from such submission forms are often used to analyze department efficiency when drafting budget proposals and staffing models, and are a key ingredient to city audits.
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Synonym Discussion of ingredient
INGREDIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ingredient for English Language Learners
: one of the things that are used to make a food, product, etc.
: a quality or characteristic that makes something possible
INGREDIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of ingredient for Students
: one of the substances that make up a mixture
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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