adjective fer·tile \ˈfər-təl, chiefly British -ˌtī(-ə)l\

Definition of fertile

  1. 1a :  producing or bearing many crops in great quantities :  productive fertile fields of corn and oatsb :  characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination :  inventive a fertile mindc obsolete :  plentiful

  2. 2a (1) :  capable of sustaining abundant plant growth fertile soil (2) :  affording abundant possibilities for growth or development damp bathrooms are fertile ground for fungi — Consumer Reports a fertile area for researchb :  capable of growing or developing a fertile eggc (1) :  capable of producing fruit fertile trees (2) of an anther :  containing pollen (3) :  developing spores or spore-bearing organsd :  capable of breeding or reproducing

  3. 3 :  capable of being converted into fissionable material fertile uranium 238


play \ˈfər-təl-(l)ē\ adverb


play \ˈfər-təl-nəs\ noun

Examples of fertile in a sentence

  1. an area that is a fertile breeding ground for political extremism

  2. This subject remains a fertile field for additional investigation.

  3. He has a fertile mind.

Origin and Etymology of fertile

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

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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.

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FERTILE Defined for English Language Learners


adjective fer·tile \ˈfər-təl, chiefly British -ˌtī(-ə)l\

Definition of fertile for English Language Learners

  • : producing many plants or crops : able to support the growth of many plants

  • : producing a large amount of something

  • : producing many ideas

FERTILE Defined for Kids


adjective fer·tile \ˈfər-təl\

Definition of fertile for Students

  1. 1 :  producing many plants or crops fertile fields

  2. 2 :  producing many ideas a fertile mind

  3. 3 :  capable of developing and growing a fertile egg

Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of fertile

  1. 1:  capable of growing or developing fertile egg

  2. 2:  developing spores or spore-bearing organs

  3. 3a:  capable of breeding or reproducingbof an estrous cycle :  marked by the production of one or more viable eggs

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