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     ( fruit flies    plural  ) Fruit flies are very small flies which eat fruit and rotting plants.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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.     
    dried fruit  
    forbidden fruit  
    kiwi fruit  
    passion fruit  
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.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
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.  
  (BRIT)      n-var  
in AM, use berries     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    crop, harvest, produce, product, yield  
2    advantage, benefit, consequence, effect, end result, outcome, profit, result, return, reward  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
something easy to get
make something succeed strongly and rapidly
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.
a round and sweet fruit with pale, orange-colored skin that comes from a tree of the same name
the carrot is more effective than the stick
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
fleshy part of stone fruits (egg. peaches, plums)
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