fruition

noun
fru·ition | \frü-ˈi-shən \

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

b : realization

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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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Merger arbitrage funds, which bet on whether corporate deals will come to fruition, gained 2.63 percent. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018 The chances are that nothing will come to fruition (if there even is anything that will be done) until France are out of the World Cup. SI.com, "Lyon Chief Reveals Recent 'Long' Conversations With Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho," 26 June 2018 Although Barnsdall’s dreams of a creative utopia never came to fruition, today this public park is home to one of the best spots for sunbathing in Los Angeles. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 2018 But the Schepisi adaptation — which was to star Gilliam’s Monty Python compatriot Cleese — never came to fruition, and by the next year, Gilliam was planning to make his own film. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’s long, possibly cursed journey to the big screen, explained," 9 May 2018 Danica Double’ wouldn’t come to fruition, as talks with Chip Ganassi Racing broke down. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Danica Patrick lands Daytona 500 ride, but for which team? | Charlotte Observer," 22 Jan. 2018 Branstad’s speech last January did have items that came to fruition, like removing state funding for Planned Parenthood. Barbara Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Priorities can change from plans listed in governor’s speech," 14 Jan. 2018 But authorities seldom challenge many of these claims, particularly the ubiquitous assurances of lower prices, despite decades of evidence that such promises hardly ever come to fruition. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "When companies say a merger will result in lower prices, try laughing in their face," 10 July 2018 Wilson will face a battle for game time this season at Anfield, but will hope that Liverpool's tradition of breaking talented forwards into the first-team setup continues to come to fruition. SI.com, "Liverpool Academy Graduate Harry Wilson Signs New Long-Term Contract at Anfield," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fruition.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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fruition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fruition

: the state of being real or complete

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