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fortune

noun uk   /ˈfɔː.tʃuːn/ us    /ˈfɔːr-/

fortune noun (WEALTH)

B2 [C] a large amount 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 affects your life: He had the (good) fortune to train with some of the world's top athletes. The family's fortunes changed overnight.tell sb's fortune to discover what will happen to someone in the future, for example by looking at the lines on their hands or using a special set of cards
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