fruition

noun

fru·​ition frü-ˈi-shən How to pronounce fruition (audio)
1
: pleasurable use or possession : enjoyment
the sweet fruition of an earthly crownChristopher Marlowe
2
a
: the state of bearing fruit
the fields needed rain for fruitionPearl Buck

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Fruition must come from the word fruit, right? Not exactly—the apple falls a little further from the tree than one might think. Fruition and fruit are related (both ultimately come from the Latin verb frui, meaning "to enjoy"), but they came about independently. The original meaning of fruition had nothing to do with fruit. Rather, when the term was first used in the 15th century, it meant only "pleasurable use or possession," as when playwright and Shakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe wrote of "the sweet fruition of an earthly crown." Not until several centuries later did fruition develop a second meaning, "the state of bearing fruit," possibly as the result of a mistaken assumption that fruition evolved from fruit. The "state of bearing fruit" sense was followed quickly by the figurative application to anything that can be "realized" and metaphorically bear fruit, such as a plan or a project.

Examples of fruition in a Sentence

These were dreams of long standing that had finally come to fruition Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, September 1996
Truth is a weapon so powerful that the slowness of its fruition matters little in the end. Edith Hamilton, New Yorker, 12 Sept. 1994
The ground thaws, the sap flows, then comes the leaf, the bud, the full flowering of national and individual entitlements, an unstoppable surge toward the glorious fruition promised by the idea of independence. Janette Turner Hospital, New York Times Book Review, 30 Dec. 1990
when she landed the lead in a Broadway play, a lifelong dream was brought to fruition
Recent Examples on the Web Drafts of the legal papers have been in revision since late May, but today’s document transfer marks the first official step in bringing the rights process to fruition. Anthony Crupi, Sportico.com, 10 July 2024 While the Laguna Beach event is in the works, others, including one in Wisconsin, are failing to come to fruition, the Times reported last week. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Orange County Register, 10 July 2024 Now, the onus remains on Biden to ensure that reports of his demise, trailing Trump in general election polls, do not come to fruition in November by pivoting away from defense and reclaiming the offensive. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, TIME, 9 July 2024 The fragrance took a year to bring to fruition, Little said, adding that the idea was to carry Swift’s less-is-more ethos into a perfume. James Manso, WWD, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for fruition 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English fruicioun, fruicion "use, enjoyment, joy felt in mystical communion with God," borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French fruicion, fruition, borrowed from Late Latin fruitiōn-, fruitiō "use, enjoyment," from Latin fruor, fruī "to enjoy the produce or proceeds of, derive advantage from, be blessed with, derive pleasure from" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at fruit entry 1

Note: Sense 2 reflects reanalysis of the word as a process noun from fruit entry 1/fruit entry 2. This usage is not uncommon in the nineteenth century, but was slow to be recognized in dictionaries. Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language (1890) does not recognize it in its definition of fruition ("use or possession of anything, especially such as is accompanied with pleasure or satisfaction"), but nonetheless uses it in its definition of fruit as a verb: "to bear or produce fruit; to come to fruition." The Century Dictionary (1889-91) more or less accurately defines the new sense ("a coming into fruit or fulfilment; attainment of anything desired; realization of results"), while exemplifying it with quotes from seventeenth-century authors (Francis Quarles, Thomas Browne, James Howell) that illustrate only the traditional sense.

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fruition was in the 15th century

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“Fruition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fruition. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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fruition

noun
fru·​i·​tion
frü-ˈish-ən
1
: the state of bearing fruit
2
: the state of being real or complete : realization, accomplishment
brought her dreams to fruition

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