What does recipe mean?

Definitions for recipe
ˈrɛs ə pirecipe

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word recipe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recipe, formula(noun)

    directions for making something


  1. Recipe(n.)

    a set of directions for preparing food from its ingredients.

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

  2. Recipe(n.)

    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. recipe(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

  2. recipe(Noun)

    Any set of instructions for preparing a mixture of ingredients.

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

  3. recipe(Noun)

    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. recipe(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From recipio. Compare receipt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recipe(noun)

    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  

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. Reuters Health:

    This change in our recipe is just as safe and just as effective as the way we had been doing things before, and if anything, it may be a little bit safer.

  2. Scott Campbell:

    Right now, we have a recipe where people reach for technology to center themselves.

  3. Andr Maurois:

    The first recipe for happiness is Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

  4. Brad Bushman:

    It's troubling to me that the perpetrators of the violent acts are the good guys, because that communicates the idea that aggression is justifiable as long as it's committed by a good guy, we are more likely to imitate violence that is by attractive perpetrators who are justified for what they do, so superhero violence is kind of a really good recipe for that.

  5. Louise Sattler:

    You may trust your kid, but in this digital age this is a recipe for chaos and trouble.

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