Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A set of directions with a list of ingredients for making or preparing something, especially food.
  • n. A formula for or means to a desired end: a recipe for success.
  • n. A medical prescription.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A formulary or prescription for making some combination, mixture, or preparation of materials; a receipt.
  • n. a prescription for medicine.
  • n. a prescription for medicine.
  • n. a set of directions for preparing food from its ingredients.
  • n. a method or procedure for accomplishing a goal by defined steps; -- implying a high probability of achieving the goal. Also used in a negative sense, .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Take: a Latin imperative used (commonly abbreviated R. or ℞) at the beginning of physicians' prescriptions, as formerly and in part still written in Latin.
  • n. A formula for the compounding of a remedy, with directions for its use, written by a physician; a medical prescription.
  • n. A prescribed formula in general, but especially one having some relation or resemblance to a medical prescription; a receipt.
  • n. Synonyms Receipt, etc. See reception.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. directions for making something

Etymologies

Latin, sing. imperative of recipere, to take, receive; see receive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recipiō ("receive"). Compare receipt. (Wiktionary)

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