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

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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Recent Examples on the Web So what really caught my eye with this color corrector was its star ingredient—tiger grass. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "I Haven’t Worn Foundation in Months Thanks to This Magic Color Corrector," 18 Dec. 2020 Relying on Amazon Alexa, the Show 5 can help your wife find new recipes, read aloud the ingredient list, and guide her step-by-step with helpful photos and videos. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 Online dating is the subject matter — and the wedge that the virtual world can drive between relationships which seep away when too much screen time is their main ingredient. Terry Blain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Necessity spawns a worthy innovation by opera troupes in Minnesota and beyond," 5 Nov. 2020 It’s creamy, hearty, but never heavy, and features my favorite ingredient of all time: mushrooms! Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 De-Stressing Recipes You'll Need to Make It Through Election Week," 2 Nov. 2020 The Awesome Burger has pea protein powder as its main ingredient. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: New restaurant, rooftop bar and scoop shop debut countywide," 20 Oct. 2020 Deenihan then tapped on the Inkey List eye cream, formulated with caffeine as its hero ingredient, to de-puff the eye area and prevent any concealer creasing. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Reese Witherspoon’s Entire Emmys Skin-Care Routine Cost £40," 21 Sep. 2020 Every batch is the same crunchy deliciousness; the ingredient list and nutrition information remain the same. Washington Post, "Wine labels can be vague, and drinkers are thirsty for clarity," 14 Aug. 2020 The two products are mattifying but not drying, thanks to their star ingredient, bamboo extract. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Philosophy Is Launching an Oil-Free Version of Its Iconic Purity Collection," 1 Aug. 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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Ingredient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingredient. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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ingredient

noun
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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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