Definition of ingredient in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈɡrēdēənt/


1Any of the foods or substances that are combined to make a particular dish: pork is an important ingredient in many stir-fried dishes
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  • Place the first four ingredients in a food processor with a pinch of salt, and process until combined.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan big enough to hold everything, including the pears.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper and place on a plate.
1.1A component part or element of something: the affair contains all the ingredients of an insoluble mystery
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  • The contribution of her staff over many years was also a vital ingredient in the factor of success.
  • His fiction is constipated with the factual ingredients he stuffed into it.
  • It is a film about overcoming the odds, an integral ingredient of the bush myth.
constituent, component, element;
part, piece, bit, strand, portion, unit, feature, aspect, attribute;
(ingredients) contents, makings


Late Middle English: from Latin ingredient- 'entering', from the verb ingredi, from in- 'into' + gradi 'walk'.

Words that rhyme with ingredient

expedient, mediant, obedient

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Syllabification: in·gre·di·ent

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