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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: ingredient /ɪnˈɡriːdiənt/ 
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singularingredient
pluralingredients
  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.

  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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