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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Kids ages 7-12 learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Plant walks, classes, garden tours and more," 5 July 2019 From knowing your skin type to exploring key ingredients that can have a big impact, Sabrina gives tips to staying hydrated and moisturized without looking greasy. Essence, "Expert Advice for Radiant Skin," 5 July 2019 Below, Mora, 42, chats about menu additions and ingredient changes, its expansion into Costco and its franchising strategy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After bankruptcy, 3 different owners, how Mediterranean restaurant Daphne’s has landed on its feet," 5 July 2019 DiGiovanni’s three younger brothers have been important collaborators in his home cooking, catching fish and supplying ingredients. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard student manages to compete in ‘MasterChef’ cooking show and graduate, all in one very surreal spring," 5 July 2019 Scan the ingredient list: dry oils contains higher percentages of low-viscosity oils—such as grapeseed, argan and rosehip—which have a molecular structure that gives them a lightweight feel. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Why Top Facialists Are Swapping Out Body Cream For “Dry Oil” in Summer," 3 July 2019 Set out ingredients on a counter with labels and suggested amounts for one smoothie. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Try putting together a smoothie bar for your next summer party," 3 July 2019 Bayer, which bought Roundup maker Monsanto for $63 billion last year, says Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate are safe for human use and not carcinogenic. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Judge plans to reduce $80 million verdict in Roundup case," 2 July 2019 In a mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except grape leaves and chicken stock and mix together. National Geographic, "Braised Goat Leg & Shoulder," 2 July 2019

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

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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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