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ingredient (n.)

in early use also engredient, early 15c., "something forming part of a mixture," from Latin ingredientem (nominative ingrediens) "that which enters into" (a compound, recipe, etc.), present participle of ingredi "go in, enter," from in- "in" (from PIE root *en "in") + gradi "to step, go" (from PIE root *ghredh- "to walk, go"). Also from early 15c. as an adjective, "forming part of a mixture."

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Definitions of ingredient from WordNet

ingredient (n.)
a component of a mixture or compound;
ingredient (n.)
an abstract part of something;
humor: an effective ingredient of a speech
ingredient (n.)
food that is a component of a mixture in cooking;
Synonyms: fixings
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