fruit ( fruit plural) ( fruits plural) ( fruits 3rd person present) ( fruiting present participle) ( fruited past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Fruit or a fruit is something which grows on a tree or bush and which contains seeds or a stone covered by a substance that you can eat.
Fresh fruit and vegetables provide fibre and vitamins., ...bananas and other tropical fruits..., Try to eat at least one piece of fruit a day.
2 verb If a plant fruits, it produces fruit.
The scientists will study the variety of trees and observe which are fruiting. V
3 n-count Thefruits or thefruitof someone's work or activity are the good things that result from it.
usu the N of n
The team have really worked hard and Mansell is enjoying the fruits of that labour..., The findings are the fruit of more than three years research.
5 If the effort that you put into something or a particular way of doing something bears fruit, it is successful and produces good results.
bear fruit phrase V inflects
He was naturally disappointed when the talks failed to bear fruit.
6 The first fruits or the first fruit of a project or activity are its earliest results or profits.
the first fruits phrase oft PHR of n This project is one of the first fruits of commercial co-operation between the two countries.
dried fruit ( dried fruits plural ) Dried fruit is fruit that has been preserved by being dried; used especially to refer to currants, raisins, or sultanas, which are kinds of dried grapes. n-var
forbidden fruit ( forbidden fruits plural ) Forbidden fruit is a source of pleasure that involves breaking a rule or doing something that you are not supposed to do. n-var
...the forbidden fruit of an illicit romance.
fruit bowl ( fruit bowls plural ) A fruit bowl is a large bowl in which fruit is kept and displayed. n-count
fruit cocktail ( fruit cocktails plural ) Fruit cocktail is a mixture of pieces of different kinds of fruit eaten as part of a meal. n-var
fruit fly ( fruit flies plural ) Fruit flies are very small flies which eat fruit and rotting plants. n-count
fruit machine ( fruit machines plural ) A fruit machine is a machine used for gambling. You put money into it and if a particular combination of symbols, especially fruit, appears, you win money.
in AM, use slot machine
fruit salad ( fruit salads plural ) Fruit salad is a mixture of pieces of different kinds of fruit. It is usually eaten as a dessert. n-var
kiwi fruit ( kiwi fruit plural) ( kiwi fruits plural ) A kiwi fruit is a fruit with a brown hairy skin and green flesh. n-var
passion fruit ( passion fruit plural ) A passion fruit is a small, round, brown fruit that is produced by certain types of tropical flower. n-var
soft fruit ( soft fruits plural ) Soft fruits are small fruits with soft skins, such as strawberries and currants.
in AM, use berries