Definitions for fortuneˈfɔr tʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
for•tuneˈfɔr tʃən(n.; v.)-tuned, -tun•ing.
(n.)position in life as determined by wealth:
to make one's fortune.
lost a fortune.
an ample stock of material possessions:
inherited a fortune.
had the bad fortune to go bankrupt.
fortunes, varied occurrences that happen or are to happen to a person in life.
to tell someone's fortune.
(cap.) chance personified, commonly regarded as a mythical being distributing arbitrarily or capriciously the lots of life.
(v.t.)Archaic. to endow with a fortune.
(v.i.)Archaic. to chance; happen.
Origin of fortune:
1250–1300; ME < OF < L fortūna chance, luck, fortune
luck, fortune, chance, hazard(noun)
an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
"bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"
a large amount of wealth or prosperity
an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome
"it was my good luck to be there"; "they say luck is a lady"; "it was as if fortune guided his hand"
fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion(noun)
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
"whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a lot of money
I paid a fortune for this jacket.; He made a fortune from his IT businesses.
good luck and wealth
fame and fortune
the good or bad luck sb has in life
The day she was spotted by a movie producer her fortunes changed.
to predict what will happen to sb in the future
Destiny or fate.
A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast.
A large amount of money
That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?
To happen, take place.
Origin: From fortuna. The plural form fortunae meant , which also gave the meaning of .
the arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life
that which befalls or is to befall one; lot in life, or event in any particular undertaking; fate; destiny; as, to tell one's fortune
that which comes as the result of an undertaking or of a course of action; good or ill success; especially, favorable issue; happy event; success; prosperity as reached partly by chance and partly by effort
wealth; large possessions; large estate; riches; as, a gentleman of fortune
to make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to
to provide with a fortune
to presage; to tell the fortune of
to fall out; to happen
Fortune is a global business magazine published by Time Inc. and founded by Henry Luce in 1930. The publishing business, consisting of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, grew to become Time Warner. In turn, AOL grew as it acquired Time Warner in 2000 when Time Warner was the world's largest media conglomerate. Fortune's primary competitors in the national business magazine category are Forbes, which is also published bi-weekly, and Bloomberg Businessweek. The magazine is especially known for its annual features ranking companies by revenue. CNNMoney.com is the online home of Fortune, in addition to Money.
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Rank popularity for the word 'fortune' in Nouns Frequency: #1359
Translations for fortune
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
whatever happens by chance or (good or bad) luck
whatever fortune may bring.
- sortePortuguese (BR)
- osud, náhodaCzech
- das Glück, das SchicksalGerman
- fortuna, suerteSpanish
- gæfa, heppniIcelandic
- fortuna, sorte, casoItalian
- laimė, fortūnaLithuanian
- laime; veiksmeLatvian
- skjebne, hell, lykkeNorwegian
- بخت، مرغ، نيك بخت، قسمت، برخه، بانګ، پيسى، دولت، شته منېPashto
- osud, náhodaSlovak
- şans, talihTurkish
- 運氣Chinese (Trad.)
- vận may, rủi)Vietnamese
- 运气Chinese (Simp.)
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