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[fruhk-tuh-fahy, froo k-, frook-] /ˈfrʌk təˌfaɪ, ˈfrʊk-, ˈfruk-/
verb (used without object), fructified, fructifying.
to bear fruit; become fruitful:
With careful tending the plant will fructify.
verb (used with object), fructified, fructifying.
to make fruitful or productive; fertilize:
warm spring rains fructifying the earth.
1275-1325; Middle English fructifien < Old French fructifier < Latin frūctificāre. See fructi-, -fy
Related forms
superfructified, adjective
unfructified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for fructify
  • It is my misfortune seldom to fructify, in a regular way, by any but printed sermons.
British Dictionary definitions for fructify


/ˈfrʌktɪˌfaɪ; ˈfrʊk-/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to bear or cause to bear fruit
to make or become productive or fruitful
Derived Forms
fructifier, 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 fructify
early 14c., from O.Fr. fructifier, from L.L. fructificare "bear fruit," from L. fructus (see fruit) + root of facere "make" (see factitious).
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