a set of instructions for making or preparing something, especially a food dish: a recipe for a cake.
a medical prescription.
a method to attain a desired end: a recipe for success.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: take, imperative singular of recipere to receive Unabridged
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recipe (ˈrɛsɪpɪ)
1.  a list of ingredients and directions for making something, esp a food preparation
2.  med (formerly) a medical prescription
3.  a method for achieving some desired objective: a recipe for success
[C14: from Latin, literally: take (it)! from recipere to take, receive]

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Word Origin & History

1584, "medical prescription," from M.Fr. récipé, from L. recipe "take!," imperative of recipere "to take" (see receive); word written by physicians at the head of prescriptions. Meaning "instructions for preparing food" first recorded 1743. The original sense
survives only in the pharmacist's abbreviation Rx.
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American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

recipe rec·i·pe (rěs'ə-pē')

  1. The heading that is used to indicate a medical prescription, usually ℞.

  2. A medical prescription.

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Example sentences
If you or someone else who might be eating the granola has an allergy, you'll
  want to look to other recipes.
Several fast-food chains and consumer-goods firms have ostentatiously dropped
  it from their recipes.
Apart from a giant foam-rubber model of a potato, the roadshow will include
  demonstrations of recipes by leading chefs.
The office gym has personal trainers and flyers with recipes for kale and
  quinoa salad.
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