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.

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.

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ingredient (ɪnˈɡriːdɪənt)
a component of a mixture, compound, etc, esp in cooking
[C15: from Latin ingrediēns going into, from ingredī to enter; see ingress]

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c.1460, from L. ingredientem (nom. ingrediens) "that which enters into" (a compound, recipe, etc.), prp. of ingredi "go in, enter," from in- "in" + gradi "to step, go."
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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.
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