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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Cayo Coco is the fruition of a two-and-a-year, sometimes painstaking, process. Shauna Stuart |,, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 InSight's first issue is the fruition of a year and a half's worth of effort, beginning as Mayer's brainchild. Sara Teal,, "Student-run InSight Magazine explores poverty and inequality in Southern California," 3 May 2018 The Cubs and Astros, among the league’s losingest teams in the years preceding the fruition of their respective rebuilds, have won the past two World Series. Kevin Acee,, "Winning always goal, but Padres' 2018 season mostly about waiting," 28 Mar. 2018 His third season at the coaching helm of St. John’s, where he was counseled by the raspy-voiced musings of Lou Carnesecca in the 1980s, began with the expectant fruition of a program rebuild, with N.C.A.A. tournament ambition. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Chris Mullin Preaches the Power of One Day at a Time," 6 Mar. 2018 So talking about them before anything is public could cause valuable employees to take other jobs even though the layoffs may not come to fruition. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Damage control: How managers can recover from common blunders," 11 Sep. 2019 And this is why the dream of a left-leaning media ecosystem as heavily subsidized as the American right’s propaganda machine will never come to fruition. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "ThinkProgress Was Always Doomed," 11 Sep. 2019 The two sides had built up too much animosity in the few weeks prior for that decision to come to fruition. Trevor Hass,, "Here’s what happened between Antonio Brown and the Raiders," 8 Sep. 2019 If high growth scenarios come to fruition, the district could field more than 13,000 students by 2027, which is up from about 9,100 in 2018. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "After $285 million bond Sheldon ISD nears debuts of new football stadium, high school," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of fruition was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fruition

: the state of being real or complete

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