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ɪnˈgri di əntin·gre·di·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ingredient(noun)

    a component of a mixture or compound

  2. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient(noun)

    an abstract part of something

    "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

  3. ingredient, fixings(noun)

    food that is a component of a mixture in cooking

    "the recipe lists all the fixings for a salad"


  1. ingredient(Noun)

    One of the substances present in a mixture.

    Etymology: * From ingrediens, present participle of ingredi, "to go or enter into or onto".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingredient(noun)

    that which enters into a compound, or is a component part of any combination or mixture; an element; a constituent

    Etymology: [F. ingrdient, L. ingrediens, -entis, entering into, p. pr. of ingredi, p. p. ingressus, to go into, to enter; pref. in- in + gradi to walk, go. See Grade.]

  2. Ingredient(adj)

    entering as, or forming, an ingredient or component part

    Etymology: [F. ingrdient, L. ingrediens, -entis, entering into, p. pr. of ingredi, p. p. ingressus, to go into, to enter; pref. in- in + gradi to walk, go. See Grade.]


  1. Ingredient

    An ingredient is a substance that forms part of a mixture. For example, in cooking, recipes specify which ingredients are used to prepare a specific dish. Many commercial products contain a secret ingredient that is purported to make them better than competing products. In the pharmaceutical industry, an active ingredient is that part of a formulation that yields the effect required by the customer. National laws usually require prepared food products to display a list of ingredients, and specifically require that certain additives be listed. In most developed countries, the law requires that ingredients be listed according to their relative weight in the product. If an ingredient itself consists of more than one ingredient, then that ingredient is listed by what percentage of the total product it occupies, with its own ingredients displayed next to it in brackets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ingredient

    in-grē′di-ent, n. that which enters into compound: a component part of anything. [Fr.,—L. ingrediens, -entis, pr.p. of ingrediin, into, gradi, to enter.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ingredient

    A type of food, drink or matter.

    The ingredients for the recipe were sourced locally.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ingredient' in Nouns Frequency: #1983

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingredient in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingredient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ingredient in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Taylor:

    Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.

  2. David B. Haight:

    Love is this divine ingredient. It alone describes what can be our perfect relationship to our Heavenly Father and our family and neighbors, and the means by which we accomplish His work.

  3. Phil Blancato:

    I am more concerned at this point than I have been at any point in the entire year ... The key ingredient is when the business recession impacts the consumer and we get a total recession.

  4. Anurag Bhargava:

    We have fixed-dose combinations in every category of drug, the single ingredient versions are harder to find.

  5. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter:

    Theyve been the principal origin for the active pharmaceutical ingredient in prescription opioids in the country for the last two decades, it is one of the most important elements of causation with regard to why the defendants ... are responsible for the epidemic in the country and in Oklahoma.

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