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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Example sentences
The pure-bliss recipe is one example of how three simple ingredients can become
  a triumph.
In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and toss.
Disinfectants made from everyday kitchen ingredients provide nontoxic and
  inexpensive alternatives to harsh chemical products.
Fingerprint powder is composed of many different ingredients that can vary
  greatly depending on the formula used.
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