- 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.
Origin of ingredient
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1. See element.
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Examples from the Web for ingredient
Even his signature instrument, Auto-Tune, has become as accepted an ingredient in hip-hop as the drum machine.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
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Truth is, the more immersed we are in our careers, the more important the ingredient in our social diet.Life’s Essentials: Serious Work, Serious Fun.
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But it lacked the one ingredient that has largely been absent from this World Cup: cold-blooded finishing in front of goal.Germany Wins, World Cup Justice Is Served
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Your favorite snacks, cosmetics, soaps, and more likely use it as an ingredient.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees
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In the case of doughnuts, this material is supplied as an ingredient.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
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It was none of these; though perhaps each entered into it as an ingredient.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
While also it may be perceived that the author has brought into his story an ingredient of rhetoric.Epic and Romance
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This pretty story did not mitigate the notoriety which was an ingredient of her pain.The Faith Doctor
Every inordinate cup is unbless'd, and the ingredient is a devil.Familiar Quotations
- 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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Word Origin and History for ingredient
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