fructify

A newly planted apple tree can take years to fructify, but when it does there will be plenty of apples to go around. To fructify is to “produce fruit,” or “become fruitful.”

Fructify means “to bear fruit,” as in “Soon the orange grove will fructify and we will harvest the oranges.” Fructify can also refer to a seed that grows or fructifies into a healthy plant. More generally, though, the verb fructify means either “to make productive” or “to become productive.” Investing money can fructify medical research, which will in turn fructify with new cures and treatments. You could say that a company will fructify, or become fruitful, if everyone works together.

Definitions of fructify
1

v make productive or fruitful

“The earth that he fructified
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v become productive or fruitful

“The seeds fructified
Type of:
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better

v bear fruit

“the apple trees fructify
Synonyms:
set
Type of:
multiply, procreate, reproduce
have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

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