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Monday, August 07, 2017

Definitions for fructify

  1. to bear fruit; become fruitful: With careful tending the plant will fructify.
  2. to make fruitful or productive; fertilize: warm spring rains fructifying the earth.

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Citations for fructify
... his intellect is not replenished; he is only an animal, only sensible in the duller parts: And such barren plants are set before us that we thankful should be (Which we of taste and feeling are) for those parts that do fructify in us more than he. William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, 1598
To plant the good seed in the waiting ground one must not only know all about the seed itself, but must be acquainted with the properties of the ground in which it is destined to fructify. Guy Thorne, The Angel, 1908
Origin of fructify
Fructify comes from Middle English fructifien from Old French fructifier. It ultimately derives from Latin frūctificāre. It entered English in the late 13th century or early 14th century.