ingredient - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/ɪnˈɡriːdiənt/
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.

    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
  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.