fructify early 14c., from O.Fr. fructifiier (12c.) "bear fruit, grow, develop," from L.L. fructificare "bear fruit," from L. fructus (see FRUIT (Cf. fruit)) + root of facere "make" (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Fructified; fructifying.

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  • Fructify — Fruc ti*fy (fr[u^]k t[i^]*f[imac]), v. i. [F. fructifier, L. fructificare; fructus fruit + ficare (only in comp.), akin to L. facere to make. See {Fruit}, and {Fact}.] To bear fruit. Causeth the earth to fructify. Beveridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fructify — Fruc ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fructified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fructifying}.] To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize; as, to fructify the earth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fructify — I verb ameliorate, bear, bear fruit, beget, blossom, bring forth, conceive, cultivate, enrich, fatten, fecundate, fertilize, flourish, generate, impregnate, inseminate, irrigate, make fruitful, make productive, pollinate, procreate, produce,… …   Law dictionary

  • fructify — [fruk′tə fī΄] vi. fructified, fructifying [ME fructifien < OFr fructifier < L fructificare: see FRUIT & FY] to bear fruit; become fruitful vt. to cause to bear fruit; fertilize fructification n …   English World dictionary

  • fructify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English fructifien, from Anglo French fructefier, from Latin fructificare, from fructus fruit Date: 14th century intransitive verb to bear fruit < its seeds shall fructify Amy Lowell > < no partnership can… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fructify — /fruk teuh fuy , frook , froohk /, v., fructified, fructifying. v.i. 1. to bear fruit; become fruitful: With careful tending the plant will fructify. v.t. 2. to make fruitful or productive; fertilize: warm spring rains fructifying the earth.… …   Universalium

  • fructify — verb a) To bear fruit; to generate useful products or ideas. b) To make productive or fruitful …   Wiktionary

  • fructify — Synonyms and related words: be fruitful, be productive, bear, bear fruit, beget, bring forth, cross fertilize, cross pollen, cross pollinate, cross pollinize, dress, engender, enrich, fatten, fecundify, fertilize, fruit, furnish, get with child,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fructify — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. fertilize, impregnate, fecundate, pollinate; see fertilize 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • fructify — see FRUIT …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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