Definition of ingredient noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡriːdiənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡriːdiənt//
    ingredient (of/in/for something)
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  1. 1  one of the things from which something is made, especially one of the foods that are used together to make a particular dish Coconut is a basic ingredient for many curries. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Our skin cream contains only natural ingredients. The only active ingredient in this medicine is aspirin.
  2. 2  one of the things or qualities that are necessary to make something successful the essential ingredients for success It has all the ingredients of a good mystery story.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin ingredient- ‘entering’, from the verb ingredi, from in- ‘into’ + gradi ‘walk’.Extra examples All food products carry a list of ingredients. All food products should carry a list of ingredients on the packet. Blend all the ingredients together in a bowl. Forecasting is a basic ingredient of business planning. Hard work is a vital ingredient for success. I only use natural ingredients. Individualism has been the secret ingredient in developing his chain of fashion stores. It always pays to use the best ingredients when cooking. Mix the marinade ingredients and pour over the goose. Pour all of the ingredients into a blender. She hopes the change of career will supply the missing ingredient in her life— excitement. The Australian team had the added ingredient of perseverance. The little town has all the right ingredients for a murder mystery. The two drugs contain the same active ingredients. Tolerance is an essential ingredient for a happy marriage. Use a spoon to mix the dry ingredients. a style which incorporated ingredients from the music of many different countries salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin the chemical composition of the individual ingredients the principal ingredient of smog Coconut is a basic ingredient in many curries. Determination is one of the essential ingredients for success. The magic/​secret ingredient is love.
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