Definition of fruitful in English:



  • 1(of a tree, plant, or land) producing much fruit; fertile.

    ‘this seed will grow into a lovely fruitful tree’
    • ‘The Arabs of Madînah used to fecundate their palm-trees in order to make them more fruitful.’
    • ‘To be fruitful, a cacao tree must get individual attention - something the family farm and the small farmer are best suited to provide.’
    • ‘Additionally, a player may sell a plot of land for a tidy profit, useful in the later stages of the game where the most fruitful tracts of land have been claimed.’
    • ‘A barren fig tree takes up valuable garden space and nutrients that fruitful trees can use.’
    • ‘During the reign of King Rosen the land was rich and fruitful.’
    • ‘The rolling green pastures were now dust, plumes of brown and yellow swirling over a land which was once so rich and fruitful.’
    • ‘The hundred or so windows overlook 300 metres of lake frontage, an orchard of cherry, apple and pear trees, and an avenue of fruitful walnut trees.’
    • ‘And it reminded me of how God says in the Bible that sometimes a tree needs to be pruned to be fruitful.’
    • ‘He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.’
    • ‘Babylon's aggression is portrayed as a hot wind that will blow across Judah, rendering fruitful land barren and laying waste to cities.’
    • ‘But where to plant this potentially fruitful tree?’
    • ‘The pictures show squares within squares - the water-holding depressions that in ancient times made the gardens fruitful.’
    • ‘It was seen in the region of Dobrudja, Norteastern Bulgaria, which has always been taken as an example of fruitful land.’
    • ‘Bourg's experimental results have shown that flowers that receive pollen from other plants are more fruitful than those fertilized by their own pollen.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is not insignificant that, standing under E. Foecunda, the fruitful eucalypt, the nameless stranger offers Ellen an apple.’
    • ‘No need to worry over wheat when you're harvesting barley, and maize isn't going to be as fruitful when it's time to sow fallow.’
    • ‘In order to have a fruitful crop, first there must be rich, fertile soil, and then whatever is sown will not be wasted.’
    • ‘The holy Abbot Barrind has just visited the Promised Land of the Saints, a beautiful place of flowers and fruitful trees.’
    • ‘The land that he bought from the great house is very fruitful, yielding more harvest than his own land.’
    fruit-bearing, fructiferous, fruiting
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    1. 1.1Producing good or helpful results; productive.
      ‘memoirs can be a fruitful source of information’
      • ‘I met with head teachers from the schools on Monday and this meeting was extremely fruitful for all concerned.’
      • ‘New research initiatives have been particularly fruitful with the smaller cats of the world.’
      • ‘I found this point particularly fruitful in approaching these two Chinese American women writers.’
      • ‘The authors clearly have several potentially fruitful avenues to explore.’
      • ‘So, it's not a very fruitful discussion to figure out.’
      • ‘His skill and finesse in collecting and preparing specimens made this effort fruitful.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, I think that Davis' basic approach of isolating subsystems of causation is extremely fruitful.’
      • ‘If they choose to immigrate they can have a fruitful career as a consultant.’
      • ‘Efforts to increase protection for those on the front lines of tiger protection have proved more fruitful.’
      • ‘A lesser concentration of the form a family takes and more on what it does might prove more fruitful.’
      • ‘So there then came about a very fruitful collaboration, which has evolved over the last three years.’
      • ‘It's especially fruitful for me to hear a different perspective.’
      • ‘Yet, it would be nice if there were a deductive way to ensure fruitful collaboration.’
      • ‘The Beatles were great because John Lennon and Paul McCartney together formed the most fruitful songwriting partnership in post-war music.’
      • ‘We had fruitful discussions, and no doubt those will continue in the build-up to the next Budget.’
      • ‘One of the most fruitful bilateral dialogues has been with the Old Catholics.’
      • ‘He just thinks looking might prove more fruitful.’
      • ‘One would like to see them in a condition of fruitful collaboration.’
      • ‘The results of this study suggest several potentially fruitful avenues for future exploration.’
      • ‘Maritime historians have been particularly fruitful in this regard.’
      productive, constructive, useful, of use, worthwhile, helpful, of help, of assistance, beneficial, valuable, rewarding, profitable, advantageous, gainful, successful, effective, effectual, well spent
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    2. 1.2(of a person) producing many offspring.
      ‘and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply’
      ‘be happy, be fruitful’
      • ‘I have bless him and I will make him fruitful and will increase him exceedingly.’
      • ‘A couple of years ago, I was discussing Genesis 1: 28 with a group of Christians when one ventured the opinion that the part about being fruitful and multiplying was well taken care of.’
      • ‘A fruitful wife is most desirable to maintain the health of the system.’
      • ‘And if you will trust me as God Almighty, you can and you will be fruitful and multiply.’
      • ‘Consequently the barren noblewoman of the tale is quick to rush to judgment against her fruitful neighbor.’