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fortune


for·tune  (f?rchn)
n.
1.
a. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; luck: He decided to go home for the holidays, and his fortune turned for the worse.
b. fortunes The turns of luck in the course of ones life.
c. Success, especially when at least partially resulting from luck: No matter what they tried, it ended in fortune.
2.
a. A persons condition or standing in life determined by material possessions or financial wealth: She pursued her fortune in another country.
b. Extensive amounts of material possessions or money; wealth.
c. A large sum of money: spent a fortune on the new car.
3. often Fortune A hypothetical, often personified force or power that favorably or unfavorably governs the events of ones life: We believe that Fortune is on our side.
4.
a. Fate; destiny: told my fortune with tarot cards.
b. A foretelling of ones destiny.
v. for·tuned, for·tun·ing, for·tunes
v.tr.
1. Archaic To endow with wealth.
2. Obsolete To ascribe or give good or bad fortune to.
v.intr. Archaic
To occur by chance; happen.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fortna; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.]


fortune  /frtn/  n. 1 [C] wealth, riches: He made a fortune in the oil business. 2 [U] chance, (good or bad) luck, (syn.) fate: Then he had the bad fortune to fall ill. fortune

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