fertile

adjective
fer·​tile | \ ˈfər-tᵊl How to pronounce fertile (audio) , chiefly British -ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce fertile (audio) \

Definition of fertile

1a : producing or bearing many crops in great quantities : productive fertile fields of corn and oats
b : characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination : inventive a fertile mind
c obsolete : plentiful
2a(1) : capable of sustaining abundant plant growth fertile soil
(2) : affording abundant possibilities for growth or development damp bathrooms are fertile ground for fungiConsumer Reports a fertile area for research
b : capable of growing or developing a fertile egg
c(1) : capable of producing fruit fertile trees
(2) of an anther : containing pollen
(3) : developing spores or spore-bearing organs
d : capable of breeding or reproducing
3 : capable of being converted into fissionable material fertile uranium 238

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Other Words from fertile

fertilely \ ˈfər-​tᵊl-​(l)ē How to pronounce fertilely (audio) \ adverb
fertileness \ ˈfər-​tᵊl-​nəs How to pronounce fertileness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for fertile

fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth fertile soil ; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development. a fertile imagination fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring. a fecund herd fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results. fruitful research prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction. a prolific writer

Examples of fertile in a Sentence

an area that is a fertile breeding ground for political extremism This subject remains a fertile field for additional investigation. He has a fertile mind.
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Part of the exhilaration of the Barbican show also comes from witnessing the pivotal moments in Krasner’s career, and the breakthroughs in technique that sparked her most fertile periods. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Irrepressible Emotion of Lee Krasner," 13 June 2019 The group was one of several that ruled a fertile period for a South Florida music scene that included Marilyn Manson, Load, Raped Ape, the Holy Terrors and Collapsing Lungs. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "A Livid Kitten’s second life: Paige Harvey rocks again," 12 June 2019 In Guatemala's fertile highlands, there was no faster way out of poverty than to supply American coffee drinkers. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Falling coffee prices drive Guatemalan migration to the United States," 12 June 2019 Historic Splendid Valley, a brand affixed to 5,000 acres of mostly fertile farmland at the northeast corner of U.S. 85 and E-470, was launched last month as part of a joint effort between Brighton and Adams County. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Brighton’s farming heritage is under pressure. Historic Splendid Valley may be its salvation.," 10 June 2019 So this seemed like a very fertile way to put them back together. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Billions creators break down the backstabbing, twist-filled season 4 finale," 10 June 2019 On the surface, Marthas are a downtrodden lot — not powerful enough to be Wives or Lydias, not fertile or young enough to be Econowives. Sabrina Rojas Weiss, refinery29.com, "What You Need To Remember About The Marthas For Handmaid's Tale Season 3," 5 June 2019 The experiment, dubbed Micro-11, collected top-notch sperm from 12 healthy, fertile men. Amber Jorgenson, Discover Magazine, "Sex and the Cosmic City," 18 Apr. 2019 And, no, hen isn’t a euphemism for a fertile female. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "About Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean bride auction redo and why people hate it and love it," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of fertile

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fertile

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin fertilis, from ferre to carry, bear — more at bear

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fertile

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fertile

: producing many plants or crops : able to support the growth of many plants
: producing a large amount of something
: producing many ideas

fertile

adjective
fer·​tile | \ ˈfər-tᵊl How to pronounce fertile (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertile

1 : producing many plants or crops fertile fields
2 : producing many ideas a fertile mind
3 : capable of developing and growing a fertile egg

fertile

adjective
fer·​tile | \ ˈfərt-ᵊl, chiefly British ˈfər-ˌtīl\

Medical Definition of fertile

1 : capable of growing or developing fertile egg
2 : developing spores or spore-bearing organs
3a : capable of breeding or reproducing
b of an estrous cycle : marked by the production of one or more viable eggs

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