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fruit

 (fro͞ot)
n. pl. fruit or fruits
1.
a. The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms.
b. An edible, usually sweet and fleshy form of such a structure.
c. A part or an amount of such a plant product, served as food: fruit for dessert.
2. The fertile, often spore-bearing structure of a plant that does not bear seeds.
3. A plant crop or product: the fruits of the earth.
4. Result; outcome: the fruit of their labor.
5. Offspring; progeny.
6. A fruity aroma or flavor in a wine.
7. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
intr. & tr.v. fruit·ed, fruit·ing, fruits
To produce or cause to produce fruit.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frūctus, enjoyment, fruit, from past participle of fruī, to enjoy.]

fruit

(fruːt)
n
1. (Botany) botany the ripened ovary of a flowering plant, containing one or more seeds. It may be dry, as in the poppy, or fleshy, as in the peach
2. (Botany) any fleshy part of a plant, other than the above structure, that supports the seeds and is edible, such as the strawberry
3. (Botany) the specialized spore-producing structure of plants that do not bear seeds
4. (Botany) any plant product useful to man, including grain, vegetables, etc
5. (often plural) the result or consequence of an action or effort
6. old-fashioned slang Brit chap; fellow: used as a term of address
7. slang chiefly Brit a person considered to be eccentric or insane
8. slang chiefly US and Canadian a male homosexual
9. archaic offspring of man or animals; progeny
vb
to bear or cause to bear fruit
[C12: from Old French, from Latin frūctus enjoyment, profit, fruit, from frūī to enjoy]
ˈfruitˌlike adj

fruit

(frut)

n., pl. fruits, (esp. collectively) fruit,
n.
1. the edible part of a plant developed from a flower and containing one or more seeds with any accessory tissues, as the peach, mulberry, or banana.
2. the developed ovary of a seed plant with its contents and accessory parts, as the pea pod, nut, tomato, or pineapple.
3. any product of plant growth useful to humans or animals.
4. the spores and accessory organs of ferns, mosses, fungi, algae, or lichen.
5. anything produced or accruing; product, result, or effect; return or profit.
6. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.)
v.i., v.t.
7. to bear or cause to bear fruit.
[1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin frūctus enjoyment, profit, fruit, derivative of fruī to enjoy the produce of]
fruit′like`, adj.
usage: Definition 6 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.

fruit

(fro͞ot)
The ripened ovary of a flowering plant that contains the seeds. Fruits can be dry or fleshy. Berries, nuts, grains, pods, and drupes are fruits. ♦ Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries alone, such as the tomato and pea pod, are called true fruits. ♦ Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries and other parts such as the receptacle or bracts, as in the apple and cucumber, are called accessory fruits or , false fruits. See Note at berry.
Usage To most of us, a fruit is a plant part that is eaten as a dessert or snack because it is sweet, but to someone who studies botany a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant, and as such it may or may not taste sweet. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A peach, for example, contains a pit that can grow into a new peach tree, while the seeds known as peas can grow into another pea vine. To a botanist, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, pea pods, cucumbers, and winged maple seeds are all fruits. A vegetable is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. Thus, the leaf of spinach, the root of a carrot, the flower of broccoli, and the stalk of celery are all vegetables. In everyday, nonscientific talk we make the distinction between sweet plant parts (fruits) and nonsweet plant parts (vegetables). This is why we speak of peppers and cucumbers and squash—all fruits in the eyes of a botanist—as vegetables.

fruit

, vegetable - Fruit is the name given to those plants that have an ovary used for food; vegetable is the name given to a large category of herbaceous plants with parts used for food.
See also related terms for vegetable.

fruit

Fruit is usually an uncountable noun. Oranges, bananas, grapes, and apples are all fruit.

You should eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
They import fruit from Australia.

You can refer to an individual orange, banana, etc as a fruit.

Each fruit contains many juicy seeds.

However, this use is not common. You usually refer to an individual orange, banana, etc as a piece of fruit.

Try to eat five pieces of fruit a day.

Don't use a plural form of fruit to refer to several oranges, bananas, etc. Instead you use fruit as an uncountable noun. For example, you say 'I'm going to the market to buy some fruit'. Don't say 'I'm going to the market to buy some fruits'.

There was a bowl with some fruit in it.
They gave me fruit, cake and wine.

fruit


Past participle: fruited
Gerund: fruiting

Imperative
fruit
fruit
Present
I fruit
you fruit
he/she/it fruits
we fruit
you fruit
they fruit
Preterite
I fruited
you fruited
he/she/it fruited
we fruited
you fruited
they fruited
Present Continuous
I am fruiting
you are fruiting
he/she/it is fruiting
we are fruiting
you are fruiting
they are fruiting
Present Perfect
I have fruited
you have fruited
he/she/it has fruited
we have fruited
you have fruited
they have fruited
Past Continuous
I was fruiting
you were fruiting
he/she/it was fruiting
we were fruiting
you were fruiting
they were fruiting
Past Perfect
I had fruited
you had fruited
he/she/it had fruited
we had fruited
you had fruited
they had fruited
Future
I will fruit
you will fruit
he/she/it will fruit
we will fruit
you will fruit
they will fruit
Future Perfect
I will have fruited
you will have fruited
he/she/it will have fruited
we will have fruited
you will have fruited
they will have fruited
Future Continuous
I will be fruiting
you will be fruiting
he/she/it will be fruiting
we will be fruiting
you will be fruiting
they will be fruiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fruiting
you have been fruiting
he/she/it has been fruiting
we have been fruiting
you have been fruiting
they have been fruiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fruiting
you will have been fruiting
he/she/it will have been fruiting
we will have been fruiting
you will have been fruiting
they will have been fruiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fruiting
you had been fruiting
he/she/it had been fruiting
we had been fruiting
you had been fruiting
they had been fruiting
Conditional
I would fruit
you would fruit
he/she/it would fruit
we would fruit
you would fruit
they would fruit
Past Conditional
I would have fruited
you would have fruited
he/she/it would have fruited
we would have fruited
you would have fruited
they would have fruited

fruit

A ripened ovary of a flowering plant, containing seeds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plantfruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
juniper berry - berrylike fruit of a plant of the genus Juniperus especially the berrylike cone of the common juniper
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
May apple - edible but insipid fruit of the May apple plant
achene - small dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall
gourd - any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds
prairie gourd - small hard green-and-white inedible fruit of the prairie gourd plant
blue fig, quandong - the fruit of the Brisbane quandong tree
acorn - fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base
olive - small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
rose hip, rosehip, hip - the fruit of a rose plant
wild cherry - the fruit of the wild cherry tree
marasca - small bitter fruit of the marasca cherry tree from whose juice maraschino liqueur is made
hagberry - small cherry much liked by birds
chokecherry - the fruit of the chokecherry tree
rowanberry - decorative red berrylike fruit of a rowan tree
buffalo nut, elk nut, oil nut - oily drupaceous fruit of rabbitwood
capitulum, spike, ear - fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
fruitlet - a diminutive fruit, especially one that is part of a multiple fruit
seed - a small hard fruit
berry - a small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
aggregate fruit, multiple fruit, syncarp - fruit consisting of many individual small fruits or drupes derived from separate ovaries within a common receptacle: e.g. blackberry; raspberry; pineapple
drupe, stone fruit - fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
false fruit, pome - a fleshy fruit (apple or pear or related fruits) having seed chambers and an outer fleshy part
seedpod, pod - a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
pyxidium, pyxis - fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released
accessory fruit, pseudocarp - fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovary; as apple or strawberry
buckthorn berry, yellow berry - fruit of various buckthorns yielding dyes or pigments
cubeb - spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
schizocarp - a dry dehiscent fruit that at maturity splits into two or more parts each with a single seed
2.fruit - an amount of a product
product, production - an artifact that has been created by someone or some process; "they improve their product every year"; "they export most of their agricultural production"
3.fruit - the consequence of some effort or action; "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"
aftermath, consequence - the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
Verb1.fruit - cause to bear fruit
2.fruit - bear fruit; "the trees fruited early this year"
bear, turn out - bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"; "The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers"

fruit

noun
1. produce, crop, yield, harvest The fruit has got a long storage life.
2. (often plural) result, reward, outcome, end result, return, effect, benefit, profit, advantage, consequence The findings are the fruit of more than three years research.
Quotations
"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit" Bible: St. Matthew
Proverbs
"He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree"

Fruits

ananas, anchovy pear, apple, apricot, avocado, avocado pear, or (U.S.) alligator pear, babaco, banana, Bartlett pear, beach plum, bergamot pear, berry, Beurre Hardy pear, bigarreau cherry, bilberry, blaeberry, huckleberry, whortleberry, or (Irish) fraughan, blackberry or (Scot.) bramble, black cherry, blackcurrant, blackheart cherry, blood orange, blueberry, Bon Chretien pear, boxberry, boysenberry, breadfruit, calamondin, cantaloup or cantaloupe melon, carambola or star fruit, casaba or cassaba melon, Charentais melon, chayote, chempaduk, cherry, chokecherry, choko, citron, clementine, cloudberry or (Canad.) bakeapple, Concord grape, Conference pear, cranberry, custard apple, damson, date, dewberry, durian or durion, elderberry, fig, Galia melon, gooseberry or (informal) goosegog, grape, grapefruit, greengage, guava, hackberry, heart cherry, honeydew melon, jackfruit or jack, Jaffa orange, kiwano (trademark), Kiwi fruit or Chinese gooseberry, kumquat or cumquat, lemon, lime, lychee, litchi, lichee, or lichi, loganberry, longan, loquat or Japan plum, mandarin, mango, mangosteen, May apple, medlar, melon, minneola, morello cherry, mulberry, muskmelon, nashi or Asian pear, navel orange, nectarine, Ogen melon, olive, orange, ortanique, papaw or pawpaw, papaya, passion fruit or granadilla, peach, pear, pepper, physalis, Cape gooseberry, or strawberry tomato, pineapple, plantain, plum, pomegranate, pomelo or shaddock, prickly pear, prune, pumpkin, Queensland blue, quince, raisin, rambutan, raspberry, redcurrant, rockmelon, salmonberry, sapota, sapodilla, sapodilla plum, or naseberry, saskatoon, satsuma, Seville orange, serviceberry, sharon fruit or persimmon, sloe, snowberry, sour cherry, sour gourd, soursop, star-apple, strawberry, sultana, sweet cherry, sweetie, sweetsop, tamarillo or tree tomato, tamarind, tangelo, tangerine or (S. African) naartje, tayberry, tomato or (archaic) love apple, UGLI (trademark), victoria or victoria plum, watermelon, white currant, Williams pear, winter melon, youngberry

fruit

noun
1. The produce harvested from the land:
Translations
ثَمَرثَمَرَه، نتيجَهفاكِهَةنتيجَه
ovoceplodrodit
frugtbære frugt
frukto
hedelmä
फल
voće
gyümölcs
buah
ávöxturávöxtur, árangur, afraksturbera ávöxtfaggialdin
果物
과일
fructus
derėtiišsipildymastuščiaivaisinisvaisių
augļiauglisdot augļusrezultāts
fructrod
plodplodiť
sadežplodsad
fruktbögfikus
ผลไม้
meyvemeyve vermeksonuç
плідфрукт
trái cây

fruit

[fruːt]
A. N
1. (gen, Bot) → fruto m; (= piece of fruit) → fruta f
would you like some fruit?¿quieres fruta?
to be in fruit [tree, bush] → haber dado or echado fruto, tener fruta
the fruits of the sealos productos del mar
to bear fruit (lit, fig) → dar fruto
2. fruits (fig) (= benefits) the fruits of one's labourlos frutos del trabajo
to enjoy the fruits of one's successdisfrutar de los frutos del éxito
3. (US) (= male homosexual) → maricón m
4. (o.f.) (as term of address) hello, old fruit!¡hola, compadre!
B. VIdar fruto
C. CPD fruit basket Nfrutero m, canasto m de la fruta
fruit cocktail Nmacedonia f de frutas
fruit cup Nsangría f
fruit dish Nfrutero m
fruit drop Nbombón m de fruta
fruit farm Ngranja f frutícola or hortofrutícola
fruit farmer Nfruticultor(a) m/f, granjero/a m/f frutícola or hortofrutícola
fruit farming Nfruticultura f
fruit fly Nmosca f de la fruta
fruit grower Nfruticultor(a) m/f, granjero/a m/f frutícola or hortofrutícola
fruit growing Nfruticultura f
fruit gum N (Brit) → gominola f
fruit juice Nzumo m or jugo m de frutas
fruit knife Ncuchillo m de la fruta
fruit machine N (Brit) → máquina f tragaperras
fruit salad Nmacedonia f de frutas
fruit salts NPLsal f de fruta(s)
fruit tree Nárbol m frutal

fruit

[ˈfruːt]
n
(= food) (collective term)fruits mpl
fresh fruit → les fruits frais
(= single item) → fruit m
a piece of fruit → un fruit
(= result of work) → fruit m
to bear fruit (= produce results) (fig)porter ses fruits
the first fruits of sth → les premiers résultats de qch
vi [tree] (= produce fruit) → donnerfruit basket ncorbeille f à fruitsfruit bowl nsaladier f de fruitsfruit cake ncake mfruit cocktail nmacédoine f de fruits, macédoine f de fruits en boîtefruit dish n (for dessert)coupe f à fruitsfruit drink nboisson f aux fruits

fruit

n
(as collective) → Obst nt; (Bot, fig) → Frucht f; is it a fruit or a vegetable?ist es Obst oder Gemüse?; what is your favourite (Brit) or favorite (US) fruit?welches Obst magst du am liebsten?; would you like some or a piece of fruit?möchten Sie etwas Obst?; the fruits of the earthdie Früchte pldes Feldes; to bear fruit (lit, fig)Früchte tragen; the fruit(s) of my labour/successdie Früchte plmeiner Arbeit/meines Erfolgs; this project is the first fruit of our cooperationdieses Projekt ist die erste Frucht unserer Zusammenarbeit (geh)
(dated Brit inf) old fruitalter Knabe (inf)
(US pej sl, = homosexual) → Süße(r) m (inf), → warmer Bruder (inf)

fruit

:
fruit bat
nFlughund m
fruit bowl
nObstschale f
fruitcake
nenglischer Kuchen; (esp Brit inf: = eccentric) → Spinner(in) m(f) (inf); as nutty as a fruit (esp Brit inf) → total verrückt
fruit cocktail
nObstsalat m
fruit cup
n
(= drink)Cocktail mmit Früchten
(US) → Frucht- or Früchtebecher m
fruit dish
nObstteller m
fruit drop
nDrops m, → Früchtebonbon m or nt

fruit

:
fruit farmer
nObstbauer m/-bäuerin f
fruit farming
nObstanbau m
fruit fly
nFruchtfliege f, → Taufliege f

fruit

:
fruit machine
n (Brit) → Spielautomat m
fruit salad
nObstsalat m; (fig inf)Lametta nt
fruit sugar
nFruchtzucker m
fruit tree
nObstbaum m

fruit

[fruːt] n (collectively) → frutta (Bot) → frutto
would you like some fruit? → vuoi della frutta?
to bear fruit → dare frutti (fig) → dare frutto
the fruits of one's labour (fig) → i frutti del proprio lavoro

fruit

(fruːt) noun
1. the part of a plant that produces the seed, especially when eaten as food. The fruit of the vine is the grape.
2. a result; something gained as a result of hard work etc. the fruit of his hard work.
verb
to produce fruit. This tree fruits early.
ˈfruitful adjective
producing (good) results. a fruitful meeting.
fruition (fruˈiʃən) noun
an actual result; the happening of something that was thought of, hoped for etc. Her dreams came to fruition.
ˈfruitless adjective
useless; with no results. a fruitless attempt.
ˈfruitlessly adverb
ˈfruity adjective
of or like fruit. a fruity taste; a fruity drink.

fruit is a collective noun taking a singular verb: Fruit is good for you ; The tree bears fruit (not fruits ).
The plural fruits is used in talking about different types of fruit: oranges, mangoes and other fruits .

fruit

فاكِهَة ovoce frugt Frucht φρούτο fruta hedelmä fruit voće frutta 果物 과일 fruit frukt owoc fruta фрукты frukt ผลไม้ meyve trái cây 水果

fruit

n. fruta;
v.
to eat ___ -scomer ___ -s.

fruit

n (pl fruit o fruits) fruta; citric — fruta cítrica
References in classic literature ?
There was ice cream, actually two dishes of it, pink and white, and cake and fruit and distracting french bonbons and, in the middle of the table, four great bouquets of hot house flowers.
The condition that had brought her to him passed in an illness, but she was like one who has discovered the sweetness of the twisted apples, she could not get her mind fixed again upon the round perfect fruit that is eaten in the city apartments.
We will have little difficulty in getting to Honduras, as there are fruit steamers frequently sailing.
There were some ground-cherry bushes growing along the furrows, full of fruit.
The pates and fruit were brought to the dining-room; the bonbons were passed around.
Look at this sumach; its leaves are red, though everybody knows the fruit is in the yellow blossom in the month of July
Hence, too, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little-regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far-distant time; that, together with the seed of the merely temporary crop, which mortals term expediency, they inevitably sow the acorns of a more enduring growth, which may darkly overshadow their posterity.
She possessed affections, too, though hitherto acrid and disagreeable, as are the richest flavours of unripe fruit.
As the enraptured Ichabod fancied all this, and as he rolled his great green eyes over the fat meadow lands, the rich fields of wheat, of rye, of buckwheat, and Indian corn, and the orchards burdened with ruddy fruit, which surrounded the warm tenement of Van Tassel, his heart yearned after the damsel who was to inherit these domains, and his imagination expanded with the idea, how they might be readily turned into cash, and the money invested in immense tracts of wild land, and shingle palaces in the wilderness.
Whereupon Stubb quickly pulled to the floating body, and hailing the pequod to give notice of his intentions, at once proceeded to reap the fruit of his unrighteous cunning.
He had given that up, and now cultivated fruit and vegetables for the market, and his wife bred and fattened poultry and rabbits for sale.
How could they find out that their tea and coffee, their sugar and flour, had been doctored; that their canned peas had been colored with copper salts, and their fruit jams with aniline dyes?