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FORTUNE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fortune mean? 

FORTUNE (noun)
  The noun FORTUNE has 4 senses:

1. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
2. a large amount of wealth or prosperity
3. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome
4. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

  Familiarity information: FORTUNE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORTUNE (noun)


Sense 1fortune [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

fortune; chance; hazard; luck

Context examples:

bad luck caused his downfall / we ran into each other by pure chance

Hypernyms ("fortune" is a kind of...):

phenomenon (any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fortune"):

bad luck; mischance; mishap (an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate)

even chance; toss-up; tossup (an unpredictable phenomenon)


Sense 2fortune [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A large amount of wealth or prosperity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("fortune" is a kind of...):

hoarded wealth; treasure (accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.)


Sense 3fortune [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

fortune; luck

Context examples:

it was my good luck to be there / they say luck is a lady / it was as if fortune guided his hand

Hypernyms ("fortune" is a kind of...):

phenomenon (any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fortune"):

fluke; good fortune; good luck (a stroke of luck)


Sense 4fortune [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

luck; circumstances; destiny; fate; lot; fortune; portion

Context examples:

whatever my fortune may be / deserved a better fate / has a happy lot / the luck of the Irish / a victim of circumstances / success that was her portion

Hypernyms ("fortune" is a kind of...):

condition (a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fortune"):

good fortune; good luck; luckiness (an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes)

providence (a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures)

bad luck; ill luck; misfortune; tough luck (an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes)

failure (lack of success)


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