fructify [ fruhk-t uh-fahy, fr-, oo k frook-] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), fruc·ti·fied, fruc·ti·fy·ing. to bear fruit; become fruitful: With careful tending the plant will fructify. verb (used with object), fruc·ti·fied, fruc·ti·fy·ing. to make fruitful or productive; fertilize: warm spring rains fructifying the earth. Origin of fructify 1275–1325; Middle English fructifien
Old French fructifier
-fy Related forms su·per·fruc·ti·fied, adjective un·fruc·ti·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unfructified verb -fies, -fying or -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 unfructified fructify v.
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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