Definition of fructify in English:



[with object]formal
  • 1Make (something) fruitful or productive.

    ‘they were sacrificed in order that their blood might fructify the crops’
    • ‘The districts at the extremities of the country are Nephthys, and Anubis accordingly is the son of the Nile, which by its inundation has fructified a distant part of the country.’
    • ‘Thence it fructified the economy of China's centres of silk and tea production in the lower Yangzi provinces.’
    • ‘The students are at the helm of activities right from obtaining permission to utilise ‘poromboke’ land in the villages and raising funds from philanthropists to fructify asset creation.’
    • ‘But if our wisdom includes the supersensible life in the background, we perceive the one fructifying the other, the one enclosed within the other.’
    • ‘I decided to fructify this one for the sole reason that it didn't require another person to do it.’
    add fertilizer to, enrich with fertilizer, feed, mulch, compost, manure, dung, dress, top-dress
    pollinate, cross-pollinate, cross-fertilize, make fruitful
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    1. 1.1no object Bear fruit or become productive.
      ‘it fructified like vegetation in steamy heat’
      • ‘It rarely fructifies but the thallus varies in size, amount of division and cusping as well as colour.’
      • ‘It may be noted that in this case, there is full performance risk - the airline has to exist, operate, achieve ticket sales and collect successfully for the cashflows to fructify.’
      • ‘The next step however, took yet another decade to fructify.’
      • ‘Investigations occasionally fructify, although they always take time.’
      • ‘And this idealist struggle will continue and take many more years to fructify.’
      • ‘However, in the tropical rain forests, some tall arbor plants, also die away after they blossom and fructify one time; and this is little known to common people.’
      • ‘The idea never died and it has fructified to become the new museum.’
      • ‘An agreement, for raising plantation around Satuluru station in 15 acres for a 15-year period, is likely to fructify soon.’
      • ‘Similarly, her concern for the fisherfolk and their fears over the possible loss of livelihood if the canal fructifies may not be misplaced.’
      • ‘We are happy the government has taken steps for mega infrastructure projects which will fructify ten years later.’
      • ‘The proposal to build the Devanhalli international airport too has taken a long time to fructify and even today the progress is bogged down with some technicalities, though there is no doubt about its becoming a reality before long.’
      • ‘However, this failed to fructify because of the complex licensing procedures of the U.S. Department of State, which regulates the export of satellites and related systems and components.’
      • ‘The government's ambitious project of supplying Cauvery water and laying UGD lines are yet to fructify.’
      • ‘What force prevents the terrorist conspiracy from fructifying?’
      • ‘The end of the Order, in all branches, is a contemplation that fructifies in the apostolate.’
      • ‘Even if it does, whenever it may be, it will take at least five years to fructify.’
      • ‘The plant fructifies during the June-to-September season.’
      • ‘However, these rag-pickers soon realise than their dreams can only fructify if they get monetary support from the elite.’
      • ‘Gandhi's dream of non-violent world-order can not fructify unless there is a qualitative transformation of leaders of nations and peoples.’
      • ‘For the past couple of days, their visits to the General Post Office, the only place from where the applications could be bought, did not fructify.’


Middle English: from Old French fructifier, from Latin fructificare, from fructus ‘fruit’.