Recipe definition

rĕsə-pē
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A list of materials and directions for preparing a dish or drink.
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A medical prescription.
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A set of directions with a list of ingredients for making or preparing something, especially food.
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A formula for or means to a desired end.

A recipe for success.

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The definition of a recipe is a set of instructions to follow to prepare a particular food item, or is a set of actions and steps to take that are likely to lead to a particular result.

A set of instructions telling you how to make chocolate chip cookies is an example of a recipe.

Making bad decisions is an example of a recipe for disaster.

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Any procedure for accomplishing something.
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A medical prescription.
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(medicine, archaic) A formula for preparing or using a medicine; a prescription; also, a medicine prepared from such instructions. [from 16th c.]
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Any set of instructions for preparing a mixture of ingredients. [from 17th c.]
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By extension, a plan or procedure to obtain a given end result. [from 17th c.]

His new approach is definitely a recipe for success.

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Now especially, a set of instructions for making or preparing food dishes. [from 18th c.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
recipe
Plural:
recipes

Origin of recipe

  • Latin sing. imperative of recipere to take, receive receive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin recipiō (“receive"). Compare receipt.

    From Wiktionary