recipe

noun rec·i·pe \ ˈre-sə-(ˌ)pē \

Definition of recipe

1 :prescription 4a
2 :a set of instructions for making something from various ingredients
3 :a formula or procedure for doing or attaining something
  • a recipe for success

Examples of recipe in a Sentence

  1. The recipe calls for fresh thyme.

  2. I didn't read the recipe carefully.

  3. This is one of my grandmother's recipes.

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Origin and Etymology of recipe

Latin, take, imperative of recipere to take, receive — more at receive



RECIPE Defined for English Language Learners

recipe

noun

Definition of recipe for English Language Learners

  • : a set of instructions for making food

  • : a way of doing something that will produce a particular result


RECIPE Defined for Kids

recipe

noun rec·i·pe \ ˈre-sə-pē \

Definition of recipe for Students

:a set of instructions for making something (as a food dish) by combining various things

History for recipe

In the Middle Ages, a doctor's instructions for taking a drug would begin with the Latin word recipe, literally, “take!” Recipe is a form used in commands of the verb recipere, meaning “to take” or “to receive.” The verb receive itself comes from Latin recipere, but through French—as does the word receipt, which was once commonly used to mean “recipe.” From its use as a name for a drug prescription, recipe extended its meaning to cover instructions for making other things we consume, such as prepared food.


Medical Dictionary

recipe

noun rec·i·pe \ ˈres-ə-(ˌ)pē \

medical Definition of recipe



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