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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ingredient adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Bhut Jolokia chili registers at slightly more than 800,000 SHU, strong enough for the Indian military to use it as an ingredient in a hand grenade used for immobilizing adversaries, according to Guinness. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Canadian man sets his fourth world record for eating hot peppers," 30 Jan. 2021 Using the fruit as an ingredient in their cakes is key to Pho Mai's mission. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 15 Jan. 2021 These mosquito repellents rely on a pyrethrin as the active ingredient. Outdoor Life Staff, Outdoor Life, "Best Mosquito Repellent: Find the Right Insect Control for You," 11 Jan. 2021 The hot sauces are now available for retail sail at Hawthorn and as an ingredient in several menu items. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Locked-down restaurants find new ways to feed customers, workers," 15 Dec. 2020 For best results when baking, steer clear of tub margarines that list water as the first ingredient. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Want lower fat cookies? Use cream cheese and margarine," 10 Dec. 2020 The recipe, developed at Upland’s Fountain Square brewery and restaurant, includes wood-aged wild ale as an ingredient. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Upland hopes to make splash with hard seltzer’s real fruit and barrel-aged pedigree," 5 Dec. 2020 Often disguised on labels as an ingredient listed by more than 200 names, it can be found in roughly half the products on supermarket shelves and in most cosmetic brands. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell, chicagotribune.com, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 The oily compound, called squalene, is churned out by shark livers and has immunity-boosting powers, which has led several companies to use it as an ingredient in vaccines. Katherine J. Wu, New York Times, "Coronavirus Vaccine Makers Are Not Mass-Slaughtering Sharks," 13 Oct. 2020

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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 entry 1

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

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27 Feb 2021

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“Ingredient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingredient. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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