fructify

[ fruhk-tuh-fahy, frook-, frook- ]
/ ˈfrʌk təˌfaɪ, ˈfrʊk-, ˈfruk- /

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.

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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, adjectiveun·fruc·ti·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fructify

fructify
/ (ˈfrʌktɪˌfaɪ, ˈfrʊk-) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to bear or cause to bear fruit
to make or become productive or fruitful

Derived forms of fructify

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
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