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noun fortune pronunciation in British English /ˈfɔː(r)tʃən/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] a very large amount of money

    Jordan had inherited a considerable personal fortune from his uncle.

    make/amass a fortune:

    He had made a fortune from mining.

    make your fortune (=become very rich):

    Henry Ford made his fortune with the Model T.

    1. a.
      [singular] informal a lot of money
      cost a fortune:

      Flats in this area cost a fortune.

      spend/pay a fortune:

      They must have spent a fortune on flowers alone.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] money and success

      the first step towards fame and fortune

      young people who come to the city to seek their fortune

  2. 2


    [plural] the things that happen to someone or something and the changing degree to which they are successful

    a career that illustrates the changing fortunes of the Labour Party

    The new board will work to restore the company’s fortunes.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] luck, especially good luck

    It was his good fortune to take over the company at exactly the right time.

    have the good fortune to do something:

    I had the good fortune to know the manager of the company.

    a change of fortune:

    His friends were delighted with his change of fortune.


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