Meaning of “ingredient” in the English Dictionary

"ingredient" in British English

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ingredientnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪnˈɡriː.di.ənt/ us /ɪnˈɡriː.di.ənt/

B1 a food that is used with other foods in the preparation of a particular dish:

The list of ingredients included 250 g of almonds.

B2 one of the parts of something successful:

Trust is a vital ingredient in a successful marriage.

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  • When cooking the sauce, don't forget that all-important ingredient, fresh basil.
  • You mix all the dry ingredients together before you add the milk.
  • He created a wonderful meal from very few ingredients.
  • This tiny capsule contains two types of effective painkilling ingredients.
  • The exact ingredients of Coca Cola are a trade secret.

(Definition of “ingredient” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ingredient" in American English

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ingredientnoun [ C ]

us /ɪnˈɡrid·i·ənt/

one of the parts in a mixture:

Combine all the ingredients for the stew.
fig. She viewed color as an essential ingredient of good design.

(Definition of “ingredient” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ingredient" in Business English

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ingredientnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪnˈɡriːdiənt/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)