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"fortune" in British English

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fortunenoun

uk   /ˈfɔː.tʃuːn/  us   /ˈfɔːr.tʃuːn/
  • fortune noun (WEALTH)

B2 [C] a ​largeamount of ​money, ​goods, ​property, etc.: She ​inherited a fortune from her ​grandmother. He ​lost a fortune ​gambling. You can make a fortune out of ​junk if you ​call it ​antiques. This ​dress cost a (​small) fortune. Any ​painting by Van Gogh is worth a fortune.

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  • fortune noun (CHANCE)

B2 [C or U] chance and the way it ​affectsyourlife: He had the (good) fortune totrain with some of the world's ​topathletes. The family's fortunes ​changedovernight.
tell sb's fortune
to ​discover what will ​happen to someone in the ​future, for ​example by ​looking at the ​lines on ​theirhands or using a ​special set of ​cards

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(Definition of fortune from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fortune" in American English

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fortunenoun

 us   /ˈfɔr·tʃən/
  • fortune noun (WEALTH)

[C] a very ​largeamount of ​money or ​property: They made a fortune in ​realestate. This ​dresscost a (​small) fortune (= a lot of ​money).
  • fortune noun (CHANCE)

[C/U] the set of good or ​badevents that ​happen to you and have an ​effect on ​yourlife: [U] He had the good fortune to be ​awarded a ​scholarship.
[C/U] If someone ​tellsyour fortune, that ​persontries to ​discover what will ​happen to you in the ​future, for ​example by ​looking at the ​lines on ​yourhands or by using a ​special set of ​cards.
(Definition of fortune from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fortune" in Business English

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fortunenoun

uk   us   /ˈfɔːtʃuːn/
[C] an extremely large ​amount of ​money: pay/spend a fortune The ​companyneeds to ​spend a fortune to ​bring all of its ​stores up to scratch.make/lose a fortune Businesses will ​lose a fortune after the ​peaktouristseasondisaster. The ​cars on this ​list won't cost a fortune to ​insure. They had ​spent a ​small fortune on ​televisionadvertising.
[C] a large ​amount of ​valuableproperty 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 ​financialfactors will also affect the fortunes of these ​companies.sb's/sth's fortunes He proved himself ​highlyeffective 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 ​paperindustryshows clearly how difficult it is to ​predict the future at any ​time.
(Definition of fortune from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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