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[in-gree-dee-uh nt] /ɪnˈgri di ənt/
something that enters as an element into a mixture:
Flour, eggs, and sugar are the main ingredients in the cake.
a constituent element of anything; component:
the ingredients of political success.
Origin of ingredient
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin ingredient- (stem of ingrediēns), present participle of ingredī to go or step into, commence, equivalent to in- in-2 + -gredient- going; see gradient
1. See element.
whole. Unabridged
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  • The company gave a brighter outlook for its fiscal year in anticipation of a drop in ingredient costs.
  • Collaboration is the key ingredient in creating new programs in computational science, say academics in the field.
  • Equity buybacks are a crucial ingredient of efficient capital markets.
  • The small, scaled bugs are listed as cochineal extract on the ingredient list.
  • The key ingredient of the superglue that mussels use to attach themselves to rocks, boats and piers is iron, scientists say.
  • The key ingredient is limestone, mostly calcium carbonate, the remains of shelled marine creatures.
  • Garlic paste is a key ingredient in salad dressings, rubs, and marinades.
  • Hardware is a crucial ingredient in the service, but it's only a piece of it.
  • The poisonous ingredient is phenothiazine, which may be found in a variety of medications.
  • The central ingredient for both, though, was whether the students actually give a rat's behind about intellectual climate.
British Dictionary definitions for ingredient


a component of a mixture, compound, etc, esp in cooking
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ingrediēns going into, from ingredī to enter; see ingress
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Word Origin and History for ingredient

early 15c., from Latin ingredientem (nominative ingrediens) "that which enters into" (a compound, recipe, etc.), present participle of ingredi "go in, enter," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gradi "to step, go" (see grade).

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