fruc·​ti·​fy | \ ˈfrək-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce fructify (audio) , ˈfru̇k- \
fructified; fructifying

Definition of fructify

intransitive verb

: to bear fruit its seeds shall fructify— Amy Lowell no partnership can fructify without candor on both sides— D. M. Ogilvy

transitive verb

: to make fruitful or productive

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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.

Examples of fructify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reliance has been in talks with Saudi Aramco for a stake sale in its refinery unit, although the transaction is yet to fructify. Matthew Martin,, 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of fructify

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fructify

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

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“Fructify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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