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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 of fruition from the Web
Every breakthrough post-1967 -- even those negotiations that never came to fruition, like the Oslo and Israeli-Syrian talks -- required urgency and the presence of both pain and gain that would give the leaders a stake in trying to move ahead.
Those living along the route have relayed concerns about safety, drainage woes and the loss of farmland if the project were to come to fruition.
Now, with Mr. Trump questioning the basis of NATO, the Chinese are hoping that their partnership with Europe on the climate accord may allow that relationship to come to fruition faster than their grand strategy imagined.
What seemed destined at the beginning of the season has finally come to fruition: The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will fight for an NBA Championship for the third straight year.
But bringing the memorial to fruition was fraught with conflict.
Mix reflects on how the song came to fruition, and how to craft a summer smash that lasts.
In terms of theories coming to fruition, resurrections, deaths, and narrative changes, the last two seasons have become ultimately fan-friendly.
The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition.
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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.
FRUITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fruition for English Language Learners
: the state of being real or complete
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