Definition of ingredient
: something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture : constituent
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.
Recent Examples of ingredient from the Web
Straw is a key ingredient of compost and the farm had been purchasing it, at great expense, from a variety of sources.
As expected, Flores is a big proponent of keeping his ingredients as local as possible.
The New York company is one of the best-known of a wave of companies that sell boxes of ingredients for home-cooked meals.
Located at 6 Roosevelt Road, Ironwood Brewing opened for business in August 2013, according to its website, which also states that local ingredients used in the brewing process have included blueberries, cherries, honey and hops.
The active ingredient glyphosate is the best option and usually easy to find.
Combine all the batter ingredients except togarashi and sesame seeds and allow to sit as the oil heats.
Nearby, open shelves displayed ingredients, including corn tortillas, masa harina and canned tomatillos (fresh ones, grown for her by a farmer about 80 miles away in County Wexford, were sold out).
Sourcing these ingredients, however, can be difficult, which is why Einhorn plans to scale slowly.
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Origin and Etymology of ingredient
Middle English, from Latin ingredient-, ingrediens, present participle of ingredi to go into, from in- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of ingredient
INGREDIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ingredient for English Language Learners
: one of the things that are used to make a food, product, etc.
: a quality or characteristic that makes something possible
INGREDIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of ingredient for Students
: one of the substances that make up a mixture
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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