recipe Definition

a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.

Using recipe: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "recipe" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I followed the recipe and made a delicious cake.

  • Example

    She shared her secret recipe for the perfect marinara sauce.

  • Example

    The recipe calls for two cups of flour and one cup of sugar.

  • Example

    I need to find a recipe for gluten-free bread.

recipe Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with recipe

  • a plan or course of action that is almost certain to end in failure or catastrophe


    Not having a backup generator is a recipe for disaster during hurricane season.

  • recipe for success

    a plan or course of action that is likely to lead to success or positive results


    Hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude are the recipe for success in any field.

  • to prepare a dish by following the instructions provided


    If you want your cake to turn out perfectly, you need to follow the recipe exactly.

Origins of recipe

from Latin 'recipere', meaning 'to take back'


Summary: recipe in Brief

A 'recipe' [ˈrɛsəpi] is a set of instructions for preparing a specific dish, including a list of required ingredients. It can be used to make anything from cakes to sauces, and can be found in cookbooks or online. Phrases like 'recipe for disaster' and 'recipe for success' describe plans or courses of action that are likely to end in failure or success, respectively.

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