rec·​i·​pe | \ ˈre-sə-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce recipe (audio) \

Definition of recipe

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

The recipe calls for fresh thyme. I didn't read the recipe carefully. This is one of my grandmother's recipes.
Recent Examples on the Web Also, Angel-Marie’s fried rice recipe will be on the D.C. public school lunch menu next year. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 However, keep in mind that even a slightly different recipe could cause changes in certain infants, Dr. Wasser says. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 17 May 2022 Verified recipe includes pea protein, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black better, nutmeg and paprika. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 16 May 2022 While baking can be a challenge, with measuring quantities just so and nailing the correct bake-time, there's something so satisfying about perfecting an elaborate or even simple and sweet dessert recipe. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 16 May 2022 Her mother’s recipe, procured during Ms. Koutseridi’s recent efforts, is based on tomatoes and cabbage, with beets playing a minor role. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Imagine Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were forced to allow those gruesome images, or posts amplifying the suspect's racist ideologies, in between wedding photos and your aunt's tuna casserole recipe, with no way to block it. Brian Fung, CNN, 16 May 2022 Streaming from their home in Kraków and wearing traditional garb, Monika and Tomasz will acquaint you with their grandmother’s recipe for Poland’s favorite stuffed dumpling: the pierogi. Bon Appétit, 13 May 2022 She is trained in classic culinary arts and is a professional recipe developer. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recipe

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recipe

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

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20 May 2022

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“Recipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of recipe

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


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