Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make fruitful or productive.
  • intransitive v. To bear fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bear fruit; to generate useful products or ideas.
  • v. To make productive or fruitful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To bear fruit.
  • transitive v. To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bear or produce fruit.
  • To make fruitful; render productive; fertilize: as, to fructify the earth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make productive or fruitful
  • v. bear fruit
  • v. become productive or fruitful

Etymologies

Middle English fructifien, to bear fruit, from Old French fructifier, from Latin frūctificāre : frūctus, fruit; see fruit + -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French fructefier. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Boris, like him or loathe him, is happy to use words like "fructify" and

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  • Mumbai-based Mahindra, which already sells its SUVs such as the Scorpio and Bolero in several overseas markets, previously announced plans to sell a compact diesel pickup based on the Scorpio platform in the U.S. but that attempt is yet to fructify.

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  • State-owned steel making company Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd's RINL's plan to go public is unlikely to fructify this year, putting further pressure on the government move to mobilise R40,000 crore from disinvestment proceeds this year.

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  • We should indeed be vigilant and not surrender to the resounding sirens of our unachieved democracy and always remember that elections are only a process that we ought to breath life into and fructify […]

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  • Gladstone thought that money was best left to fructify in the pockets of the people.

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  • It rains, it pours, it mists, it drips fertilizing fluids from the heavens, which fructify the fields.

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  • He had attended Eton and Oxford, two schools still acquainted with the study of classical antiquity, and it’s conceivable that in the media’s terms of endearment he recognized the debt owed to the very ancient Greeks, who allowed their sacred kings to rule in Thebes for a single triumphant year before putting them to death in order that their blood might fructify the crops and fields.

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  • He said that best way to pay tribute to the great leader is to fructify her dream about making India the most advanced and developed country of the world.

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  • Truth that triumphs over all things, which overcomes the king, wine, and women, which it is reckoned holy to honour before friendship, which is the way without turning and the life without end, which holy Boethius considers to be threefold in thought, speech, and writing, seems to remain more usefully and to fructify to greater profit in books.

    The Love of Books : The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

  • And those who are acquainted with the history of the wonderful revolution which has been worked in our whole conception of these matters in the last thirty years, will bear me out in saying that the first germ of them, to a very great extent, was made to grow and fructify by the study of the yeast plant, which presents us with living matter in almost its simplest condition.

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