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

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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

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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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Rather than making the same four-hour trek, Ruane picks out Armenian ingredients from Middle Eastern markets. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Some patients with high triglycerides take prescription drugs, whose doses and ingredients differ from over-the-counter dietary supplements. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Fish Oil: Hunting for Evidence to Tip the Scales," 2 Jan. 2019 If efficacy and odor tests pass, Degree might still decide to go back and look at a particular product’s formula to adjust ingredients and incorporate expert feedback. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 The foodie landscape has been maturing as well, drawing on farm-to-table ingredients and seafood from the Pacific. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 In recent years, Johnson & Johnson faced some backlash after it was discovered that its iconic golden baby shampoo contained formaldehyde-releasing ingredients. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 Each ingredient is sourced right from local farms, with Trejo picking his menu based on what look best and most abundant that day/week/hour. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 'Big Little Lies' Guide to Monterey, California," 10 Dec. 2018 In addition to providing conscious, high-quality ingredients and supplies, Clare offers paint inspiration, color curation and a digital consultation that helps customers find their perfect color. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This Millennial Paint Brand is Bringing Sexy Back To Home Design," 31 July 2018 Look for options that keep the ingredient list as simple as possible with flavors made from real food. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Healthiest Way to Eat Popcorn, According to a Nutritionist," 27 Nov. 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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