Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fortune”

See all translations

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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fortune?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “fortune”

Definitions of “fortune” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More