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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Other Words from ingredient

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 This miracle ingredient helps stabilize the egg whites to create smooth peaks that hold their shape. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, 22 Oct. 2021 The solid carbon consists of a fine powder known as carbon black, a sophisticated nano material and key ingredient in car tires, batteries and plastics. Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 But while nonpregnant adults have multiple options for combating fever and pain, for pregnant women, acetaminophen — also an ingredient in hundreds of other cold, flu, allergy and sleep medications — is considered the safest choice. New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 The computer chip has become the essential ingredient for autos, medical devices, phones, toys, washing machines, weapons and even some watches. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Behind every supposedly raw ingredient in our shops and markets there are farmers and packers and processors and delivery drivers (among others) whose labor is largely hidden from us. Bee Wilson, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 That means her team looked at every ingredient and part of the meal, and followed its journey from its creation to your home. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Oct. 2021 The computer chip has become the essential ingredient for autos, medical devices, phones, toys, washing machines, weapons and even some watches. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2021 Because many of sea moss's benefits likely come from its ability to form that film on the skin, Koestline says the ingredient is best used in a moisturizer, serum, or another leave-on application. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, 15 Oct. 2021

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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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25 Oct 2021

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“Ingredient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingredient. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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ingredient adjective

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