Definition of ingredient in English:



  • 1Any of the foods or substances that are combined to make a particular dish:

    ‘mix all of the ingredients together’
    ‘pork is an important ingredient in many stir-fried dishes’
    • ‘Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl and stir in quarter of a teaspoon of salt.’
    • ‘Grind all the ingredients together in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle.’
    • ‘Mix the liquid into the dry ingredients, squeezing the dough until evenly combined.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, stir the sauce ingredients together over a low heat until heated through and smooth.’
    • ‘It offers a menu of diligently and correctly prepared dishes based on proper ingredients.’
    • ‘First make up the dressing, simply by combining all the ingredients and seasoning to taste.’
    • ‘They told us every detail of the ingredients of each dish and how they would benefit our health.’
    • ‘Sieve the first four ingredients together in a bowl with half a teaspoon of salt.’
    • ‘For the sauce, stir the remaining ingredients together and season to taste with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘A lot of popular spicy dishes require the ingredients to be marinated in a liquor for a few hours or overnight.’
    • ‘Combine the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper and place on a plate.’
    • ‘Family and friends clubbed together and donated coupons for food and ingredients.’
    • ‘Our newborn babies are refusing to tolerate a lot of ingredients in baby foods.’
    • ‘Place the first four ingredients in a food processor with a pinch of salt, and process until combined.’
    • ‘Locally prepared food with local ingredients is best received and therefore of greatest use.’
    • ‘Place the first six ingredients in a food processor and whizz until smooth then splash in a slug of Kirsch.’
    • ‘Combine first five ingredients and sauté until moisture has evaporated, then cool.’
    • ‘Combine all the ingredients in a large measuring jug, then use a hand blender to make it into a froth.’
    • ‘Mix together all the other ingredients with a teaspoon or so of salt and lay the skewered prawns in it.’
    • ‘Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan big enough to hold everything, including the pears.’
    1. 1.1 A component part or element of something:
      ‘the affair contains all the ingredients of an insoluble mystery’
      • ‘His fiction is constipated with the factual ingredients he stuffed into it.’
      • ‘Whereas the first two were components of metals, salt was considered an essential ingredient of living bodies.’
      • ‘Both sides agree that the element of detriment is an essential ingredient of proprietary estoppel.’
      • ‘It is a film about overcoming the odds, an integral ingredient of the bush myth.’
      • ‘Cosmetics have a very high water content but the water used is normally a passive ingredient taken from filtered mains water.’
      • ‘Each of the three elements that were once touted as its key ingredients have been split off from the core system.’
      • ‘The contribution of her staff over many years was also a vital ingredient in the factor of success.’
      constituent, component, component part, element
      part, piece, integral part, bit, section, strand, portion, unit, item, feature, aspect, attribute
      contents, makings
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Late Middle English: from Latin ingredient- entering, from the verb ingredi, from in- into + gradi walk.