recipe-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: instructions for making something, a concoction

Commentary: RECIPE[+entity][+symbolic][+information][+instructions][+for_making][+concoction]

Mary gave me her mother's recipe for lasagna.
This is an old family recipe for making mint juleps.
The recipe for the perfume Chanel No5 was smuggled out of France during WWII.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a procedure with a likely outcome

Commentary: RECIPE[+activity][+procedure][+with_outcome][+likely]

John's recipe for success is to never give up.
These speculative loans and high interest rates are a recipe for disaster.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1a

Sense Number 3: a medical prescription

Commentary: RECIPE[+entity][+symbolic][+information][+instructions][+prescription][+medical]
NOTE: archaic usage

The chemist at the apothecary prepared several recipes in the back room.
It is an old recipe for treating rheumatism.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b