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Definition of ingredient noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    ingredient

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ɪnˈɡridiənt//
     
    ingredient (of/in/for something)
     
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  1. 1one 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 moisturizer contains only natural ingredients. The only active ingredient in this medicine is aspirin.
  2. 2one 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.
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