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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 Now, the results of those predictions are starting to come to fruition. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "This local chain has been a Valley favorite for 29 years. Now it's down to 2 restaurants," 17 Oct. 2020 Legend has it that the first Arbroath smokies came to fruition after a store caught fire with barrels of salted haddock inside, producing this seafood delicacy. Lilly Graves, Travel + Leisure, "5 Amazing Food Trails Around the World That Serve Local Eats and Stunning Scenery," 17 Oct. 2020 Discussing the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer, Biden thanked law enforcement while blaming the president for fostering an environment where such a plan could potentially come to fruition. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden promises more affordable, accessible health care during Southfield visit," 17 Oct. 2020 The upcoming election will play a major role in whether those policy changes come to fruition. Larry Berger, USA TODAY, "Malcolm Jenkins wants more from NFL: 'Tokenism really doesn’t mean that much'," 16 Oct. 2020 With Ocean Strand Park soon to open, one of his final acts in his role will finally come to fruition. Brett Shweky,, "Park district to memorialize community leader," 15 Oct. 2020 Fall travel and fall sports are coming to fruition. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "How Indiana is doing with coronavirus cases two weeks after moving to Stage 5 of reopening," 12 Oct. 2020 The worst-case scenario came to fruition on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "Prayers up for Dak: Troy Aikman, Dirk Nowitzki, others react Prescott’s injury vs. Giants," 11 Oct. 2020 Xilinx, for one, has considered a number of potential tie-ups in recent years that didn’t come to fruition. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "AMD Is in Advanced Talks to Buy Xilinx," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Fruition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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: the state of being real or complete

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