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[fruhk-tuh-fahy, froo k-, frook-]
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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British Dictionary definitions for unfructified


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 unfructified



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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