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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ingredient


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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Iron ore is the key ingredient in steel that goes into building materials, ships and automobiles. David Hodari, WSJ, "Iron-Ore Prices Jump to Highest Level Since 2014 on Vale Concerns," 7 Feb. 2019 For all the salicylic acid out there, there are certain ingredients to steer clear of. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 Paint is a necessary ingredient that makes a house your home. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 16 Jan. 2019 The ingredients are different, but there could be potentially risky chemicals unique to the liquid nicotine recipe in electronic cigarettes that public health researchers don’t know to look for. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Those three, plus Alyssa Milano’s tweet, are basically all the ingredients for a successful presidential campaign. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Beto O’Rourke 2020 buzz, explained," 20 Nov. 2018 The fast-food chain is trying to draw in diners by revamping stores, using fresh ingredients and pushing sustainability initiatives such as one that requires beef suppliers to reduce their use of antibiotics over the next few years. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "McDonald’s Pushes Up Prices in the U.S., But Overall Sales Drop," 30 Jan. 2019 Mix in ingredients like peanut butter and seeds for a flavor boost. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 Victoria Bee/Getty Images CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana, has become a popular ingredient lately. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 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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