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bear fruit

1. Literally, to produce fruit, as of certain trees and plants. Now that the tree in our backyard 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

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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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Last years investments in further growth are bearing fruit.
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We are thrilled to see our investments in Financial Insights already bearing fruit," said Kirk Campbell, President & CEO, IDC.
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Our efforts to present to the market the most modern Asset Management solution on an integrated open platform are now bearing fruit," said Andreas Andreades, Deputy CEO.
Our substantial investment in IP development and design resources is bearing fruit as we introduce these advanced-performance products into the global wireless market.
President and CEO David Calkins stated, "We are pleased that the efforts of the FCL sales organization are bearing fruit, and we look forward to a long and profitable relationship with NATO.