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Definition of fruit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] the part of a plant that consists of one or more seeds and flesh, can be eaten as food and usually tastes sweet tropical fruits, such as bananas and pineapples Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. a piece of fruit (= an apple, an orange, etc.) fruit juice fruit trees see also dried fruit, first fruit compare vegetable
  2. 2[countable] (technology) a part of a plant or tree that is formed after the flowers have died and in which seeds develop
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] (literary) all the natural things that the earth produces
  4. Idioms to have a successful result
    forbidden fruit
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    a thing that is not allowed and that therefore seems very attractive
    the fruit/fruits of something
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    the good results of an activity or a situation to enjoy the fruits of your labors (= the rewards for your hard work) The book is the fruit of years of research.
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