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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Recent Examples on the Web When your beliefs come to fruition, everything else follows. Liana Zavo, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The plan was stalled due to the COVID health crisis and just came to fruition this season. Susan Dunne,, 19 Oct. 2021 Even if this does come to fruition, the Coyotes will have a minimum of two years without an arena to call home. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 It’s like all your muscles flexing when a show is coming to fruition. Essence, 15 Oct. 2021 The duo kept making music together, eventually bringing Galore to fruition. Keegan Brady, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 The framing of these characters as concepts seems to imply a larger metaphor about Blackness that never comes to fruition. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The food supply shrinks, so Eve and Ty go into the forest on a dangerous hunting expedition, and a rescue mission slowly comes to fruition, forcing Gavin to put the fate of his family and his faith in the arms of an old friend. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Low-tax nations, including Ireland and Hungary, that had long resisted the minimum-tax deal finally endorsed it last week, bringing it closer to fruition after six years of global diplomatic bargaining. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Oct. 2021

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Fruition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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: the state of being real or complete

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