[ fruhk-tuh-fahy, frook-, frook- ]
See synonyms for: fructifyfructifying on

verb (used without object),fruc·ti·fied, fruc·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to bear fruit; become fruitful: With careful tending the plant will fructify.

verb (used with object),fruc·ti·fied, fruc·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to make fruitful or productive; fertilize: warm spring rains fructifying the earth.

Origin of fructify

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English fructifien, from Old French fructifier, from Latin frūctificāre; see origin at fructi-, -fy

Other words from fructify

  • su·per·fruc·ti·fied, adjective
  • un·fruc·ti·fied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fructify


/ (ˈfrʌktɪˌfaɪ, ˈfrʊk-) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to bear or cause to bear fruit

  2. to make or become productive or fruitful

Origin of fructify

C14: from Old French fructifier, from Late Latin frūctificāre to bear fruit, from Latin frūctus fruit + facere to make, produce

Derived forms of fructify

  • fructifier, noun

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