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(past & past part. fructified; pres. part. fructifying)
Become productive or fruitful.
Make productive or fruitful.
Bear fruit.  Synonym: set.

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"Fructify" Quotes from Famous Books

... good sense, sound taste, and quiet humor.... It is the easiest thing in the world to waste time over books, which are merely tools of knowledge like any other tools.... It is the function of a good book not only to fructify, but to inspire, not only to fill the memory with evanescent treasures, but to enrich the imagination with forms of beauty and goodness which leave a lasting impression on ...
— How to Write Clearly - Rules and Exercises on English Composition • Edwin A. Abbott

... one in superior stations is very wonderful, but their utter helplessness to take the first step toward better times is also wonderful. I have heard of men, by the last bad seasons unable to buy guano, having to strip the roofs off their houses that the rain may wash off the soot into the land to fructify it. On account of shelter for game, it is not permissible to cut heather for bedding, for stock, or covering for houses. Breaking this prohibition even on land for which they pay rent and taxes is, they complain, punished with fines of from two ...
— The Letters of "Norah" on her Tour Through Ireland • Margaret Dixon McDougall

... between these conjugial love can proceed in its just order, which is from its first heat to its first torch, and afterwards from its first seed with the youth-husband, and from its first flower with the maiden-wife, and thus generate, grow, and fructify, and introduce itself into those successive states with both parties mutually; but if otherwise, the youth or the maiden was not really such, but only in external form. But between a youth and a widow there is not such an initiation to marriage from first principles, nor a like progression ...
— The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love • Emanuel Swedenborg

... course, for, view them as we may, the thought inevitably arises that here are things which contain the germ of some practical acquisition. This, at least, is the impression which they engendered in my own mind—an impression which, being unable to rid myself of, I have allowed to fructify. Nor has regret followed this tenacity of purpose, since, by the combination of the three principles previously enunciated, I have been able to devise a procedure which, in my hands, has yielded flattering ...
— Scientific American Supplement No. 822 - Volume XXXII, Number 822. Issue Date October 3, 1891 • Various

Words linked to "Fructify" :   ameliorate, fructification, set, better, fruit, amend, procreate, reproduce, improve, multiply, meliorate

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