For|tune

For|tune
for|tune «FR chuhn», noun, verb, -tuned, -tun|ing.
–n.
1. a great deal of money or property; riches; wealth: »

He made a fortune in oil.

2. what happens; luck; chance: »

Fortune was against us; we lost. ... the vicissitudes of fortune which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works (Edward Gibbon).

3. good luck; success; prosperity: »

May fortune attend you!

4. what is going to happen to a person; fate: »

Gypsies often claim that they can tell people's fortunes.

SYNONYM(S): destiny, lot.
5. position in life as determined by wealth; standing: »

A youth to fortune and to fame unknown (Thomas Gray).

6. Archaic. a woman of fortune; heiress: »

He is secretly married to a great fortune (Sir Richard Steele).

–v.t.
to provide with a fortune.
–v.i.
Archaic. to happen by chance.
[< Old French fortune, learned borrowing from Latin fortūna < fors, fortis chance]
For|tune «FR chuhn», noun.
the personification of chance, usually regarded as a goddess who distributes good and bad luck to people without plan: »

I care not, Fortune, what you me deny (James Thomson).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • for|tune — «FR chuhn», noun, verb, tuned, tun|ing. –n. 1. a great deal of money or property; riches; wealth: »He made a fortune in oil. 2. what happens; luck; chance …   Useful english dictionary

  • for|tune-hunt|ing — «FR chuhn HUHN tihng», noun, adjective. trying to get a fortune by marrying someone rich …   Useful english dictionary

  • for|tune|tell|er — «FR chuhn TEHL uhr», noun. a person who claims to be able to tell what will happen to people. SYNONYM(S): soothsayer …   Useful english dictionary

  • for|tune|tell|ing — «FR chuhn TEHL ihng», noun, adjective. telling or claiming to tell what will happen in the future …   Useful english dictionary

  • in|for|tune — «ihn FR chuhn», noun. 1. Astrology. a planet or aspect of evil influence, especially Saturn or Mars. 2. Obsolete. misfortune. ╂[< Middle French infortune, learned borrowing from Latin īnfortūnium, ultimately < in not + fortūna fortune] …   Useful english dictionary

  • mis|for|tune — «mihs FR chuhn», noun. 1. bad luck; bad or adverse fortune: »Misfortune has a habit of striking when it s least expected. 2. a piece of bad luck; unlucky accident: »The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come (James Russell Loll).… …   Useful english dictionary

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