|Origin:||, present participle of ingredi, from gradi 'to go'|
one of the foods that you use to make a particular food or dish:
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
The food is home-cooked using fresh ingredients.
a quality you need to achieve something:
John has all the ingredients of a great player.
Investment in new product development is an essential ingredient of corporate success.
the substance in a product such as a medicine that causes the product's intended result:
Acetic acid is the chief active ingredient in vinegar.