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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In other parts of Europe, changing attitudes on marijuana planted across the Atlantic might find fertile ground. Colleen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t," 27 June 2019 In other parts of Europe, changing attitudes on marijuana planted across the Atlantic might find fertile ground.. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "In Italy, ‘cannabis light’ is booming, though the weed is so weak it’s like decaf marijuana," 27 June 2019 In other parts of Europe, changing attitudes on marijuana planted across the Atlantic might find fertile ground.. Washington Post, "Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t," 27 June 2019 View a prediction for when your fertile window is likely to begin. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone," 25 June 2019 Street marches in Sacramento spurred by the East Area Rapist spilled to the Capitol lawn and found fertile ground in the tough-on-crime political movement. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: The attacker lingered in houses as he raped, tortured women (Part Three)," 23 June 2019 There's fertile ground here for plenty of pulse-quickening Mission-Impossible style movie and videogame plots, and much work can and should be done on making GPS receivers more reliable and difficult to fool. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Claims of Tesla hack wide of the mark—we dig into GNSS hacking," 22 June 2019 Using this data, the Apple Watch can then alert you when your period is coming, and estimate when your fertile window is. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Apple Watch Can Now Track Your Period," 4 June 2019 This story is about Bari, a port city in the south of Italy, home to around 300,000 people, and fertile ground for human authenticity. Giulia Barcaro, National Geographic, "Meet the local legends of this Italian town by the sea," 3 Apr. 2019

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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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