[ res-uh-pee ]
/ ˈrɛs ə pi /


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.

Nearby words

  1. recidivate,
  2. recidivism,
  3. recidivist,
  4. recife,
  5. recip.,
  6. recipience,
  7. recipiency,
  8. recipient,
  9. reciprocal,
  10. reciprocal exchange

Origin of recipe

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: take, imperative singular of recipere to receive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recipe


/ (ˈrɛsɪpɪ) /


a list of ingredients and directions for making something, esp a food preparation
med (formerly) a medical prescription
a method for achieving some desired objectivea recipe for success

Word Origin for recipe

C14: from Latin, literally: take (it)! from recipere to take, receive

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Word Origin and History for recipe



1580s, "medical prescription," from Middle French récipé (15c.), from Latin recipe "take!," second person imperative singular of recipere "to take" (see receive); word written by physicians at the head of prescriptions. Figurative use from 1640s. Meaning "instructions for preparing food" first recorded 1743. The original sense survives only in the pharmacist's abbreviation Rx.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for recipe


[ rĕsə-pē′ ]


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

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