[ 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.

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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Medicine definitions for recipe


[ rĕsə-pē′ ]


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