American English

Definition of fortune noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] chance or luck, especially in the way it affects people's lives I have had the good fortune to work with some brilliant directors. By a stroke of fortune, she found work almost immediately. Fortune smiled on me (= I had good luck).
  2. 2[countable] a large amount of money He made a fortune in real estate. She inherited a share of the family fortune. A car like that costs a small fortune. You don't have to spend a fortune to give your family tasty, healthy meals. She is hoping her New York debut will be the first step on the road to fame and fortune. That ring must be worth a fortune.
  3. 3[countable, usually plural, uncountable] the good and bad things that happen to a person, family, country, etc. the changing fortunes of the movie industry the fortunes of war a reversal of fortune(s)
  4. 4[countable] a person's fate or future She can tell your fortune by looking at the lines on your hand. see also soldier of fortune
  5. Idioms
    seek your fortune (literary)
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    to try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place Many moved to California to seek their fortune.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fortune