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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl]
    • /ˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/
    • /ˈfɜː.taɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl]
    • /ˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/

Definitions of fertile word

  • adjective fertile bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific: fertile soil. 1
  • adjective fertile bearing or capable of bearing offspring. 1
  • adjective fertile abundantly productive: a fertile imagination. 1
  • adjective fertile producing an abundance (usually followed by of or in): a land fertile of wheat. 1
  • adjective fertile conducive to productiveness: fertile showers. 1
  • adjective fertile Biology. fertilized, as an egg or ovum; fecundated. capable of growth or development, as seeds or eggs. 1

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Origin of fertile

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin fertilis fruitful, akin to ferre to bear1; see -ile

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Parts of speech for Fertile


fertile popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fertile

adj fertile

  • productive — having the power of producing; generative; creative: a productive effort.
  • lush — (of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
  • fruitful — producing good results; beneficial; profitable: fruitful investigations.
  • rich — having wealth or great possessions; abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds; wealthy: a rich man; a rich nation.
  • abundant — Something that is abundant is present in large quantities.

adjective fertile

  • feracious — Producing in abundance; fertile, fruitful.

general fertile

  • womanliness — like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
  • womanhood — the state of being a woman; womanly character or qualities.

Antonyms for fertile

adj fertile

  • impotent — not potent; lacking power or ability.
  • unproductive — having the power of producing; generative; creative: a productive effort.
  • sparse — thinly scattered or distributed: a sparse population.
  • fruitless — useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
  • infertile — not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.

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