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fortune

noun     /ˈfɔːtʃuːn/
[C] an extremely large amount of money : pay/spend a fortune The company needs to spend a fortune to bring all of its stores up to scratch .make/lose a fortune Businesses will lose a fortune after the peak tourist season disaster . The cars on this list won't cost a fortune to insure . They had spent a small fortune on television advertising .
[C] a large amount of valuable property or money that someone has collected or inherited : Her personal fortune was estimated at £24 million. He is heir to a $3billion oil fortune, the latest generation of the 31st richest family in the US.
fortunes [plural] the successes or failures that a person , company , or industry has at a particular time : the fortunes of sb/sth Political and financial factors will also affect the fortunes of these companies .sb's/sth's fortunes He proved himself highly effective in turning around the car manufacturer's fortunes.a change/decline/improvement in the fortunes of sth/sb The rapid improvement in the fortunes of the paper industry shows clearly how difficult it is to predict the future at any time .
(Definition of fortune noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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