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fructify

[fruhk-tuh-fahy, froo k-, frook-]
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verb (used without object), fruc·ti·fied, fruc·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to bear fruit; become fruitful: With careful tending the plant will fructify.
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verb (used with object), fruc·ti·fied, fruc·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to make fruitful or productive; fertilize: warm spring rains fructifying the earth.
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Origin of fructify

1275–1325; Middle English fructifien < Old French fructifier < Latin frūctificāre. See fructi-, -fy
Related formssu·per·fruc·ti·fied, adjectiveun·fruc·ti·fied, adjective
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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


British Dictionary definitions for fructify

fructify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to bear or cause to bear fruit
  2. to make or become productive or fruitful
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Derived Formsfructifier, 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

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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