ingredient

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noun 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

ingredient

adjective

Examples of ingredient in a Sentence

  1. He uses only the finest ingredients in his cooking.

  2. the ingredients of a salad

  3. the ingredients in the soap

  4. Honesty is an essential ingredient of a successful marriage.

  5. The show has all the ingredients needed to attract a large audience.

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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

Synonym Discussion of ingredient

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

INGREDIENT Defined for English Language Learners

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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

ingredient

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noun in·gre·di·ent \ in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt \

Definition of ingredient for Students

:one of the substances that make up a mixture

Medical Dictionary

ingredient

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noun 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

ingredient

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