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noun [countable] ingredient pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈɡridiənt/ 
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  1. 1
    one of the foods or liquids that you use in making a particular meal

    Mix all the ingredients together and place them in a shallow dish.

    The food is home cooked using fresh ingredients.

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    1. a.
      one of the substances that are combined to make something. The active ingredient of a drug or medicine is the thing that makes it effective

      Our products contain only natural ingredients.

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  2. 2
    one of the things that give something its character or that make it effective
    an essential/vital/important ingredient:

    Good communication is an essential ingredient of good management.

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