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

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 2017 line has, like so many online jokes, returned to be fruitful (lol) and multiply across the internet. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 30 Nov. 2018 The penchant for collaboration is a unique aspect of Fondazione Furla, which works to promote fruitful cooperation between institutions, in which the public and private spheres work towards a shared vision. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 Now Nike faces questions on two fronts: whether its reinvigorated partnership with one of the most controversial figures in sports will prove fruitful; and how this move will affect its relationship with the NFL. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Nike Risks Backlash With Colin Kaepernick Deal," 4 Sep. 2018 The visual aids During his opening statement, House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland asserted that Republicans were trying to shut down a fruitful investigation. Aaron Blake,, "6 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing," 12 July 2018 The visual aids During his opening statement, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) asserted that Republicans were trying to shut down a fruitful investigation. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing," 12 July 2018 His post-election call with Trump was cordial, with both leaders expressing the standard hope for fruitful cooperation. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "AMLO Isn’t Mexico’s Trump – Nor Is He Trump’s Natural Enemy," 5 July 2018 Deamer capped a fruitful senior year with even more noteworthy performances. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Kai Muniz builds on indoor success, earns boys outdoor track and field Athlete of the Year," 29 June 2018 Well, the singer-guitarist with a flair for showmanship (and occasional showboating) continues his fruitful collaboration with Tom Hambridge – producer, drummer, and writer or cowriter or 13 of the 15 tracks. Christina Aguilera,, "Album reviews: Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and Charles Lloyd," 28 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 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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