What does recipe mean?

Definitions for recipe
ˈrɛs ə pirecipe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recipe, formulanoun

    directions for making something


  1. Recipenoun

    a set of directions for preparing food from its ingredients.

    Etymology: [L., imperative of recipere to take back, take in, receive. See Receive.]

  2. Recipenoun

    a method or procedure for accomplishing a goal by defined steps; -- implying a high probability of achieving the goal; as, a recipe for success. Also used in a negative sense, as, a recipe for disaster.

    Etymology: [L., imperative of recipere to take back, take in, receive. See Receive.]


  1. recipenoun

    A formula for preparing or using a medicine; a prescription; also, a medicine prepared from such instructions.

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

  2. recipenoun

    Any set of instructions for preparing a mixture of ingredients.

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

  3. recipenoun

    By extension, a plan or procedure to obtain a given end result.

    His new approach is definitely a recipe for success.

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

  4. recipenoun

    Now especially, a set of instructions for making or preparing food dishes.

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recipenoun

    a formulary or prescription for making some combination, mixture, or preparation of materials; a receipt; especially, a prescription for medicine

    Etymology: [L., imperative of recipere to take back, take in, receive. See Receive.]


  1. Recipe

    A recipe is a set of instructions that describes how to prepare or make something, especially a culinary dish. The word is Latin, meaning " Take ...", the second person, singular number, imperative mood of the verb recipere, "to take back" or "to receive", and its original usage was in the writing of medical prescriptions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recipe

    res′i-pē, n. a medical prescription: any formula for the preparation of a compound: a receipt:—pl. Recipes (res′i-pēz). [L., lit. 'take,' the first word of a medical prescription, imper. of recipĕre.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. recipe

    1. Work, smile, study, play, love--Mix. 2. Concentrate, Consecrate, Work.

Editors Contribution

  1. recipe

    A method or procedure to prepare and cook food.

    Recipes are found in various places e.g. cookbooks and online websites.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recipe' in Nouns Frequency: #1951

Anagrams for recipe »

  1. pierce, Pierce

  2. Pierce

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recipe in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recipe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of recipe in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Frezza:

    From what I've heard from different culinary specialists within the Navy from that time period, the reason why they went with the soft sugar cookie recipe -- and it's also kind of the same reason I did -- is because it's really easy to kind of whip up a large batch and make.

  2. Elyse Myers:

    This was an original recipe that came from me trying to eat up all the leftoversin the fridge, it kind of evolved over time and then we just ate it so much, we gave itthe name ‘pizza eggs.’.

  3. Timothy Boswell:

    The ... process is so unclear as to be a recipe for confusion, we don't know who is in charge within government, who they will be talking to at EU level, or what the timetable for agreement is, we're also concerned about the lack of transparency. It's vital that parliament and the public are kept informed, and are not simply presented with a done deal at the end of the process.

  4. Jennifer Harrison:

    Governor Cuomo and company have created the perfect recipe for disaster, violence, and death with Governor Cuomo and company criminal justice reforms.

  5. Kelsey Riley:

    This recipe for Summer Corn Salsa is great for summer because it uses seasonal ingredients and flavors to make a dip that everyone will love, if you don't want your recipe to be spicy, you can omit the jalapeño. If you prefer more spice, do not remove the jalapeño seeds when prepping.

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    the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    • A. aspiration
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