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ingredient

[in-gree-dee-uh nt] /ɪnˈgri di ənt/
noun
1.
something that enters as an element into a mixture:
Flour, eggs, and sugar are the main ingredients in the cake.
2.
a constituent element of anything; component:
the ingredients of political success.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
Synonyms
1. See element.
Antonyms
whole.
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British Dictionary definitions for ingredients

ingredient

/ɪnˈɡriːdɪənt/
noun
1.
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 ingredients

ingredient

n.

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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