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 citrus fruit is a prominent ingredient in many Thai dishes helping to tie together various sweet, salty and spicy notes. Susan Soldavin,, 17 Sep. 2021 The pro-Fields crowd is going to point out that the rookie first-round draft pick is the ingredient needed to unlock explosive plays in the offense. Brad Biggs,, 13 Sep. 2021 Every ingredient is listed on the Touched by Grace Body Care website. Megan Becka, cleveland, 30 July 2021 Riggs’ vision for her recipes is primarily ingredient-driven. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2021 Our most recent effort, the ‘Know MSG’ campaign, works to set the record straight about MSG by overturning the ‘No MSG’ symbol that has perpetuated unfair misperceptions about the ingredient for decades. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 28 June 2021 But there are two key reasons why Sensational Salads and Wraps should be put into your GPS: Every single ingredient tasted crispy and fresh, and each of the 15 dressings is made in-house daily. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2021 Every incendiary ingredient imaginable': Here's what sparked the worst Mideast violence since 2014. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 While a person might smell cookies baking, a dog smells every single ingredient. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer,, 11 Jan. 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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“Ingredient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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


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


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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