fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fruitfully (audio) \ 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

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We had a fruitful discussion about the problems with the schedule. a very fruitful tree that gives us plenty of apples every year
Recent Examples on the Web Doff your cap: The world's oldest living man is still enjoying a full and fruitful life and said smiling is the secret to longevity. Kelly Terez, ABC News, "'Start Here': Trump blasts prosecutors in Roger Stone case, thanks DOJ for sentencing reversal," 13 Feb. 2020 Following dinner, a retrospective video of Minogue’s long and fruitful career was projected onstage. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, "Famed Aussies Kylie Minogue, Naomi Watts, and More Gathered to Raise Money for Bushfire Relief Efforts," 31 Jan. 2020 Her difficult public life is intercut with joyous scenes like that of her fruitful creative life, bringing viewers into her recording studio for the first time. Mary Sollosi,, "Taylor Swift unveils new song, opens up about politics and an eating disorder in Sundance doc Miss Americana," 24 Jan. 2020 Contrary to popular understanding, Cleveland is more likely to see Snowy Owls not when the rodent population in the Arctic is low but rather when the birds have eaten well and had a fruitful summer. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Snowy Owls bring wonder of the Arctic home to birders in Northeast Ohio," 17 Jan. 2020 The day the 11 members of X1 were confirmed should have been the official start of an exciting and fruitful career in the K-pop scene. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "X1 Fans Are Still Fighting For K-Pop Group After It Disbanded: Why It Matters," 15 Jan. 2020 Bedsole has a long and fruitful track record, having served in the Alabama House of Representatives and the Senate. Lily Jackson |, al, "First Alabama woman state senator, an education champion, turns 90," 14 Jan. 2020 If the government’s investments don’t prove fruitful, and tax revenues don’t increase, the Ethiopian economic miracle could be in peril. Dan Kopf, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s economic miracle ride is set to turn into a bumpy road," 4 Feb. 2020 The more fruitful approach would be to use AI to identify the people who get the most benefit from the available treatments. Christie Aschwanden, Wired, "Artificial Intelligence Makes Bad Medicine Even Worse," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fruitful

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

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28 Feb 2020

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“Fruitful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fruitful

: producing a good result : very productive


fruit·​ful | \ ˈfrüt-fəl How to pronounce fruitful (audio) \

Kids Definition of fruitful

1 : very productive a fruitful soil
2 : bringing results a fruitful idea

Other Words from fruitful

fruitfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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