fructify [ fruhk-t uh-fahy, fr-, oo k frook-] 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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for fructify Historical Examples of fructify
Leaving this decision to
fructify, let us turn to Constance.
I merely wish to inject an idea into your brain, and leave it there to
When he planted, he sang, in order that the seed might
fructify and the harvest follow.
fructify in silence, and imperceptibly make their possessor rich.
It was not, however, to
fructify yet, for Mr. MacAnimus appealed for a moment's hearing. British Dictionary definitions for fructify 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 for fructify
C14: from Old French
fructifier, from Late Latin frūctificāre to bear fruit, from Latin frūctus fruit + facere to make, produce
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper