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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The sector also has provided fertile ground for private-equity firms. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "McAfee Readies Return to Public Markets," 10 July 2019 This year in particular, late spring rains have left standing water, which provides fertile ground for mosquitoes to breed and spread the illness. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Imperial County man is likely the state’s first West Nile virus fatality of the year," 10 July 2019 Massachusetts is fertile breeding ground for startups in the communications and technology sectors. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Cisco to buy Maynard firm for $2.6 billion," 9 July 2019 Yamamoto was part of a special fraternity of ballplayers who emerged from Hawaii, which has always been a fertile ground for talent, but a hit-or-miss scouting proposition thanks to its vast distance from the mainland. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Part of the Christian Yelich trade, Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto inspires hope in Miami," 5 July 2019 Fears of Weimar-style hyperinflation in some corners proved fertile ground for the pro-gold messages of Paul and others who see salvation in gold. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 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

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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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