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
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined.
As with most better producers in the state, St. Augustine favors local ingredients, and that explains the bright notes of citrus in its wonderful New World Gin.
Data from such submission forms are often used to analyze department efficiency when drafting budget proposals and staffing models, and are a key ingredient to city audits.
The key ingredient for another successful weather story though is the very low humidity again and only very light breezes from the south and west.
These particular lozenges contain no active ingredient.
Michael Schwartz, who helped bring to Miami an emphasis on seasonal local ingredients 10 years ago with the opening of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, knows this from his days as a young cook watching the nonnas make pasta in Philadelphia.
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.
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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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