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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Unconscious bias training is seen by some as too disconnected from day-to-day life at work to be fruitful; arguably, Starbucks found a way to meld the abstract and the concrete, to a degree, with these final, practical tasks. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What actually happens in bias training seminars?," 11 June 2019 And the visionary's vote of confidence in the 25-year-old wunderkind has, indeed, proven fruitful. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This A$AP Rocky–Approved Artist Brought His Eye to NARS’s Latest Must-Have Makeup Collection," 27 Feb. 2019 Are there other diseases besides cancer that this approach would be particularly fruitful for? Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The New Frontier of Participatory Cancer Research," 26 Apr. 2019 Her mother put her in dance classes at the age of two to strengthen her muscles, not realizing that this would be the beginning of a long and fruitful career. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Was Gwen Verdon? 5 Things to Know As You Watch Fosse/Verdon," 17 Apr. 2019 The fact is, there are so many different ways to have fruitful conversations around consent that don't require engaging in capitalism. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "We Need to Talk About “Consent Condoms,” and Why They Don’t Work," 11 Apr. 2019 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

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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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