noun fru·ition \frü-ˈi-shən\

Definition of fruition

  1. 1 :  pleasurable use or possession :  enjoyment the sweet fruition of an earthly crown — Christopher Marlowe

  2. 2a :  the state of bearing fruit the fields needed rain for fruition — Pearl Buckb :  realization

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Examples of fruition in a sentence

  1. These were dreams of long standing that had finally come to fruition … —Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, September 1996

  2. Truth is a weapon so powerful that the slowness of its fruition matters little in the end. —Edith Hamilton, New Yorker, 12 Sept. 1994

  3. 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

  4. when she landed the lead in a Broadway play, a lifelong dream was brought to fruition

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of fruition

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

First Known Use: 15th century

FRUITION Defined for English Language Learners


noun fru·ition \frü-ˈi-shən\

Definition of fruition for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being real or complete

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