a. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; luck: He decided to travel, and his fortune turned for the worse.
b. fortunes The turns of luck in the course of one's life.
c. Success, especially when at least partially resulting from luck: No matter what they tried, it ended in fortune.
a. A person's condition or standing in life determined by material possessions or financial wealth: She pursued her fortune in Rome.
b. Extensive amounts of material possessions or money; wealth.
c. A large sum of money: spent a fortune on the new car.
3. often Fortune A hypothetical, often personified force or power that favorably or unfavorably governs the events of one's life: We believe that Fortune is on our side.
a. Fate; destiny: told my fortune with tarot cards.
b. A foretelling of one's destiny.
v. for·tuned, for·tun·ing, for·tunes
1. Archaic To endow with wealth.
2. Obsolete To ascribe or give good or bad fortune to.
To occur by chance; happen.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fortūna; see bher-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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