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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Aprehend is a relatively new product available for professionals that uses more natural ingredients. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 Combine the two ingredients in your chilled jar, seal the jar tightly, and begin to shake it vigorously. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Easiest Hack to Make Your Own Whipped Cream," 4 Apr. 2019 Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix with a rubber spatula or spoon until the marshmallows are thoroughly coated. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 What excites you about this region?Different ways of cooking, and a thousand possibilities for using different ingredients and connecting to nature. Sara Lieberman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Award-Winning Peruvian Chef Pia León on Her New Restaurant, Kjolle," 2 Nov. 2018 While whisking, gradually add dry ingredients and whisk just until smooth. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 Pour off almost all of the grease and add the remaining ingredients. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 However, a few other common ingredients in toothpaste — like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol — can help dry out a pimple. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Can Toothpaste Really Get Rid of Pimples?," 18 Sep. 2018 To avoid such losses, Elouard and Jordan employ a final key ingredient: less informative measurements. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine," 10 July 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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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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