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22 / 10 / 2007

RECIPE vs. PRESCRIPTION: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

Today's word is: Recipe

It means: instructions that tell you how to cook something and the ingredients that you need for it.

Example 1:
She has an excellent recipe for lasagne, but she won't share it with anyone. She says it's a secret.

Recipe can also mean: a method or an idea that seems likely to get a result.

Example 2:
I'm sorry...but I think the director's plan is a recipe for disaster! We're all going to lose our jobs if he carries it out.

NOTE: You cannot translate this word as receta médica in Spanish. That is a prescription. A prescription (NOT a recipe) is a piece of paper on which a doctor writes the type of medicine that you need, so you can go and get it from the Chemist.

Example 3:
You cannot get antibiotics without a prescription.

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