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bear fruit

1. Literally, to produce fruit, as of certain trees and plants. Now that the tree in our back yard is bearing fruit, the kids love picking apples from it.
2. By extension, to yield desired results. Donna is convinced that this plan will bear fruit if we just keep working on it, but it's been a year—the rest of us are officially skeptical.
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bear fruit

 
1. Lit. [for a plant or tree] to yield fruit. Our apple tree didn't bear fruit this year.
2. Fig. to yield results. I hope your new plan bears fruit. We've had many good ideas, but none of them has borne fruit.
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bear fruit

Yield results, have a favorable outcome, as in This new idea of his is bound to bear fruit. This metaphoric term, first recorded in 1879, transfers the production of fruit by a tree or plant to other kinds of useful yield.
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bear fruit

FORMAL
COMMON If an action bears fruit, it produces good results. The strategy of concentrating the company's efforts on a smaller range of businesses is now beginning to bear fruit. It remains to be seen whether the economic reforms will bear fruit.
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bear fruit

have good results.
This expression is a biblical metaphor, found, for example, in Matthew 13:23: ‘But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty’.
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bear ˈfruit

have the desired result; be successful: The tireless efforts of campaigners have finally borne fruit and the prisoners are due to be released tomorrow.
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Because lives are deeply shaped by worship, the continuing effects of LBW in the lives of people and congregations will bear fruit for many years to come, even after new worship resources continue the faithful service of LBW.
There are male and female Chinese pistachios; only the females bear fruit.
Speaking of pollination and what it will produce, a number of readers questioned my assertion that single Asian pear trees, in isolation from other pear varieties, could not bear fruit.
For a gardener, the only experience more frustrating than planting a fruit tree that does not bear fruit is planting a fruit tree that produces a very small crop.
Tip of the week: If you're looking for a pear tree that will bear fruit in the Valley, ask for one of the Asian varieties.
Only after you are fully aware of your origins, and put down roots of your own, can you be truly creative - send forth shoots, flower and bear fruit.
I learned that the red-skinned pitahaya is self-sterile, which means that its red-fleshed cultivars must be cross-pollinated with its white-fleshed cultivars in order to bear fruit.
McClintock also predicted that the effort would bear fruit.