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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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

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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 The ingredients of these metal-halide perovskites are, moreover, abundant and inexpensive. The Economist, "Solar’s new power New solar cells extract more energy from sunshine," 23 May 2020 If the coronavirus had hit in 1985, fewer people likely would have had to buy a new sack of flour and package of yeast to make sandwich bread, because those ingredients already would have been sitting in their pantry. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Reminded Americans They Are Capable of Baking," 12 May 2020 The brand uses ingredients that are gluten-free, cruelty-free and certified organic — and this oil, included in our fair trade skin care guide, is designed to be a tough makeup remover while being gentle on your face. NBC News, "Last minute Mother's Day gifts that will arrive on time," 5 May 2020 The vaguely Asian ingredients with strange references to faraway emperors are more about how non-Asians are just making up a version of Asianness in service of stereotypes and bland palates. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Frontline workers honored with their own Mattel doll collection," 1 May 2020 All of the brands mentioned in this section are eco-friendly in various ways, whether that's from offering refills, using green ingredients, shipping without plastic, or a mixture of those factors. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Your Home," 22 Apr. 2020 Some specialize in kosher varieties—using ingredients and equipment that have been certified and supervised by a rabbi—but the majority cater to secular visitors from around the world. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 16 Apr. 2020 Using three ingredients from this list guarantees a coach seat to Flavortown. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "Without My Pantry Pasta Formula, I'd Be Lost (Or At Least Hangry)," 16 Apr. 2020 Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients. oregonlive, "Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with these easy green tips for home and garden," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of ingredient was in the 15th century

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“Ingredient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingredient. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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ingredient

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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

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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