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noun fortune pronunciation in British English /ˈfɔː(r)tʃən/
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  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.


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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