Definition of recipe in English:

recipe

Syllabification: rec·i·pe
Pronunciation: /ˈresəˌpē
 
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noun

  • 1A set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required: a traditional Indonesian recipe
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    • Most of the recipes are simple to prepare and follow short ingredient lists.
    • Following a traditional recipe, the scientists prepared the maize and analysed the contents.
    • She was stuck in the kitchen, surrounded by recipes and various ingredients.
    Synonyms
    cooking instructions/directions
    archaic receipt
  • 1.1Something that is likely to lead to a particular outcome: sky-high interest rates are a recipe for disaster
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    • The first alternative is a shortcut to insolvency, the second, a recipe for discontentment and civil unrest.
    • Allowing ideology to drive science is a recipe for second rate science.
    • It is a recipe for further volatility in the lead up to next year's elections.
    Synonyms
    means/way of achieving, prescription, formula, blueprint
  • 1.2 archaic A medical prescription.
    More example sentences
    • Medical recipes, then and now, can often seem confusing because of their wealth of abbreviations and symbols.
    • This work-diary is composed of medical recipes written in a technical and highly abbreviated Latin.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'receive!' (first used as an instruction in medical prescriptions), imperative of recipere.

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