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fructify

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verb fruc·ti·fy \ˈfrək-tə-ˌfī, ˈfru̇k-\

Definition of fructify

fructified

fructifying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to bear fruit <its seeds shall fructify — Amy Lowell> <no partnership can fructify without candor on both sides — D. M. Ogilvy>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make fruitful or productive



Did You Know?

Fructify derives from Middle English "fructifien" and ultimately from the Latin noun fructus, meaning "fruit." When the word was first used in English in the 14th century, it literally referred to the actions of plants that bore fruit; later it was used transitively to refer to the action of making something fruitful, such as soil. The word also expanded to encompass a figurative sense of "fruit," and it is now more frequently used to refer to the giving forth of something in profit from something else (such as dividends from an investment). "Fructus" also gave us the name of the sugar "fructose," as well as "usufruct," which refers to the legal right to enjoy the fruits or profits of something that belongs to someone else.

Origin and Etymology of fructify

Middle English fructifien, from Anglo-French fructefier, from Latin fructificare, from fructus fruit


First Known Use: 14th century


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