Bear Fruit

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bear Fruit’

To bear fruit means to produce results; to have a satisfactory outcome or favorable outcome. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Usage Examples

“If this effort is going to bear fruit we all need to give it our best.”

“He’s had a lot of ideas, but this is the first one to bear fruit.”

“The investigation into his alleged ties to organized crime never bore fruit.”

bear fruit idiom

Origin

This idiom alludes figuratively to a tree producing fruit. The metaphor appears many times in the Bible, especially in regards to “bearing spiritual fruit.”

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.