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noun [uncountable] fertility pronunciation in American English /fɜrˈtɪləti/

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  1. 1
    the ability of the soil to produce a lot of good crops or plants
    measures to improve the fertility of the soil
  2. 2
    a womans ability to have babies
    Utah has the highest fertility rate in the country.
    Jean had been receiving fertility treatment.
    a general decline in fertility
    1. a.
      used about traditions and ceremonies that encourage fertility
      pagan fertility rites
      Isis, the fertility goddess of Ancient Egypt
  3. 3
    someones ability to have good ideas or produce good work
    The collection reflects the fertility of contemporary women’s art.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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