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Meaning of “fertile” in the English Dictionary

"fertile" in British English

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fertileadjective

uk   /ˈfɜː.taɪl/  us   /ˈfɝː.t̬əl/
  • fertile adjective (LAND)

C2 Fertile ​land can ​produce a ​largenumber of good ​qualitycrops.
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  • fertile adjective (PEOPLE/ANIMALS/PLANTS)

Fertile ​animals or ​plants are ​able to ​produce (a lot of) ​young or ​fruit: People get less fertile as they get ​older.
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A fertile ​seed or ​egg is ​able to ​develop into a new ​plant or ​animal.

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(Definition of fertile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fertile" in American English

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fertileadjective

 us   /ˈfɜr·təl/
  • fertile adjective (GROWING PLANTS)

(of ​land) ​able to ​produce a ​largenumber of high-quality ​crops: fertile ​soil
  • fertile adjective (ABLE TO PRODUCE)

biology (of ​people or ​animals) ​able to ​produceyoung fig. Someone who has a fertile ​imagination has an ​activemind and is ​able to ​produce a lot of new and ​originalideas.
(Definition of fertile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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