fruit·ful | \ˈfrüt-fəl \

Definition of fruitful 

1a : yielding or producing fruit fruitful soil

b : conducive to an abundant yield fruitful rain

2 : abundantly productive a fruitful discussion a fruitful career

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Other Words from fruitful

fruitfully \ˈfrüt-fə-lē \ adverb
fruitfulness noun

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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 fruitful in a Sentence

We had a fruitful discussion about the problems with the schedule. a very fruitful tree that gives us plenty of apples every year

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The objective here, however, is for guests to have fun—and perhaps to make fruitful, or even unexpected, connections in the process. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "What Exactly Goes Into the Met Gala Seating Chart?," 4 May 2018 The Italian established a fruitful relationship with the Frenchman during his time with Los Blancos, and the 30 year old would be a canny signing., "Why Carlo Ancelotti Could Have a Tough Time Replacing Maurizio Sarri at Napoli," 1 June 2018 The hope is that, if fruitful, the skipper will be able to save money on fuel and other logistical costs. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 11 recap: A replacement captain is needed as the new season kicks off," 19 June 2018 Mary led a fruitful vocational and civic life, serving in leadership capacities with the American Assoc. Hartford Courant,, "Mary Louise Nason Halstead," 24 June 2018 Thanks to the lack of rain, for archaeologists this has been one of the most fruitful summers in the past couple of decades, says Toby Driver, an aerial investigator in Wales. The Economist, "Dry weather is helping archaeologists discover ancient sites," 12 July 2018 That confidence proved fruitful for Croke as the Patriots won their sixth Class 2A state championship and first since 2011. Gary Curreri,, "Broward girls tennis player of the year: Natalie Block, American Heritage seventh-grader," 20 June 2018 Offensive balance in scoring, a key to 2018, might be difficult to achieve again, but the hope is that a year of seasoning will be particularly fruitful for Ruppert, Clinton and Lucas. Edward Lee,, "Review & preview: Frostburg State men’s lacrosse," 19 June 2018 The top of the draft has been especially fruitful for the Padres the last two years (the Padres forfeited their first-rounder in 2015 to sign James Shields). Jeff Sanders,, "With an extra pick, Padres looking to make money work for them in draft," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of fruitful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitful

: producing a good result : very productive


fruit·ful | \ˈfrüt-fəl \

Kids Definition of fruitful

1 : very productive a fruitful soil

2 : bringing results a fruitful idea

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fruitfully \-fə-lē \ adverb

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