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[fruhk-tuh-fahy, froo k-, frook-] /ˈfrʌk təˌfaɪ, ˈfrʊk-, ˈfruk-/
verb (used without object), fructified, fructifying.
to bear fruit; become fruitful:
With careful tending the plant will fructify.
verb (used with object), fructified, fructifying.
to make fruitful or productive; fertilize:
warm spring rains fructifying the earth.
Origin of fructify
1275-1325; Middle English fructifien < Old French fructifier < Latin frūctificāre. See fructi-, -fy
Related forms
superfructified, adjective
unfructified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fructify
Historical Examples
  • Leaving this decision to fructify, let us turn to Constance.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I merely wish to inject an idea into your brain, and leave it there to fructify.

    My Doggie and I R.M. Ballantyne
  • When he planted, he sang, in order that the seed might fructify and the harvest follow.

    Indian Story and Song Alice C. Fletcher
  • They fructify in silence, and imperceptibly make their possessor rich.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
  • It was not, however, to fructify yet, for Mr. MacAnimus appealed for a moment's hearing.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • And how soon do you expect this magnificent idea to fructify?

    In the Name of Liberty

    Owen Johnson
  • It is very plain that he cannot make the seed to germinate or fructify.

  • That is a very ill Sort of Seed that will fructify in no Soil.

    The Levellers

  • For amongst the tart sorbs, it befits not the sweet fig to fructify.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • It is my misfortune seldom to fructify, in a regular way, by any but printed sermons.

British Dictionary definitions for fructify


/ˈfrʌktɪˌfaɪ; ˈfrʊk-/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to bear or cause to bear fruit
to make or become productive or fruitful
Derived Forms
fructifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fructifier, from Late Latin frūctificāre to bear fruit, from Latin frūctus fruit + facere to make, produce
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Word Origin and History for fructify

early 14c., from Old French fructifiier (12c.) "bear fruit, grow, develop," from Late Latin fructificare "bear fruit," from Latin fructus (see fruit) + root of facere "make" (see factitious). Related: Fructified; fructifying.

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