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English definition of “ingredient”

ingredient

noun [C]     /ɪnˈɡriːdiənt/
one of the parts of something that is needed in order for a particular job, business, etc. to succeed: basic/key/main ingredient Policymakers see capital investment as a key ingredient in an economic recovery. People are the essential ingredient in creativity.
a substance that forms part of something else: Commodities, such as steel, are important ingredients in building wind turbines.harmful/hazardous/unsafe ingredient A high percentage of the products were found to contain unsafe ingredients. China exported $2.5 billion of food ingredients to the United States and the rest of the world in 2006.
(Definition of ingredient noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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