fru·​ition | \ frü-ˈi-shən How to pronounce fruition (audio) \

Definition of fruition

1 : pleasurable use or possession : enjoyment the sweet fruition of an earthly crown— Christopher Marlowe
2a : the state of bearing fruit the fields needed rain for fruition— Pearl Buck

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Fruition must come from the word fruit, right? Not exactly. Fruition and fruit are related (both ultimately come from the Latin verb frui, meaning "to enjoy"), but they were derived independently. The original meaning of fruition had nothing to do with fruit. Rather, when the term was first used in the early 15th century, it meant only "pleasurable use or possession." Not until the 19th century 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
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For those unaware of how this futuristic scenario came to fruition, Lyft and Aptiv first revealed their partnership and plans at the CES technology show in Vegas in January 2018. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Lyft Completes 50,000th Self-Driving Ride in Las Vegas," 3 June 2019 Though politicians have said that nuclear power will be replaced by renewable energy, in practice that may be less likely to come to fruition. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "IEA: Nuke retirements could lead to 4 billion metric tons of extra CO2 emissions," 28 May 2019 In other words, it's not set in stone that the book will actually come to fruition. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey and His Wife May Soon Face Big Problems From Marjorie's Past With Her Ex-Husband," 9 May 2019 But there are still a few theories that may come to fruition, particularly one big one: Fans speculate that Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen is the Prince Who Was Promised (a.k.a. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Jon Snow Kill Daenerys to Fulfill His 'Game of Thrones' Destiny?," 3 May 2019 Even if [the film] never came to fruition, the experience was already enough. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "Camilla Stærk & Helena Christensen Host a Screening for Their Hazy, Dream-Like Short Films," 26 Apr. 2019 The collaboration never came to fruition, with John Lennon supposedly telling their manager that Disney would be better off hiring Elvis Presley. John Harrington And Charles Stockdale, USA TODAY, "50 fascinating facts you may not know about The Beatles," 10 July 2018 At 19 years old, Kelenic probably won’t see the big leagues this year, but if Dipoto’s plan of having a competitive team by 2021 is to come to fruition, Kelenic’s growth will be vital. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "If you like spring training, you’re in luck. The Mariners’ season will be six months of it.," 27 Mar. 2019 There were several return dates announced during the past two months, but none came to fruition. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Tea About Wendy Williams' Return to 'The Wendy Williams Show'," 4 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fruition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fruition

Middle English fruicioun, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French fruicion, from Late Latin fruition-, fruitio, from Latin frui — see fruit entry 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of fruition

: the state of being real or complete

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