Definition of fructify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrəktəˌfī/

verb (fructifies, fructifying, fructified)

[with object] formal
1Make (something) fruitful or productive.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Thence it fructified the economy of China's centres of silk and tea production in the lower Yangzi provinces.
  • I decided to fructify this one for the sole reason that it didn't require another person to do it.
1.1 [no object] Bear fruit or become productive.
Example sentences
  • What force prevents the terrorist conspiracy from fructifying?
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: fruc·ti·fy

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