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fortune

noun  /ˈfɔr·tʃən/ us  

fortune noun (WEALTH)

[C] a very large amount of money or property: They made a fortune in real estate. This dress cost a (small) fortune (= a lot of money).

fortune noun (CHANCE)

[C/U] the set of good or bad events that happen to you and have an effect on your life: [U] He had the good fortune to be awarded a scholarship. [C/U] If someone tells your fortune, that person tries to discover what will happen to you in the future, for example by looking at the lines on your hands or by using a special set of cards.
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