1 luck
bad, ill
piece, stroke

By a stroke of good fortune, Steven was still in his office.

bring (sb)

A horseshoe nailed to your door is supposed to bring good fortune.

be on sb's side, favour/favor sb, smile on sb

For once, fortune was on our side: the weather improved in time for the game.

Fortune smiled on me that day (= I had good fortune).

as good fortune would have it

As good fortune would have it, a bus came along just when I needed it.

a change in fortune, a change of fortune

All we can do is hope for a change in fortune.

have the good fortune to do sth

I had the good fortune to work with people I liked.

2 fortunes what happens to sb/sth
declining, flagging
changing, fluctuating, mixed

a year of mixed fortunes for the company

economic, electoral, political
boost, improve, revive

The party still hopes to revive its flagging electoral fortunes.


fans who follow the fortunes of their chosen team

change, fluctuate (esp. BrE)

A company's fortunes can change overnight.

improve, rise
decline, fall

as the country's fortunes rose and fell

a reversal of fortune, a reversal of fortunes (esp. BrE)

The company suffered a reversal of fortune when public taste changed.

3 what is going to happen to sb in the future
read, tell

They went to have their fortunes read.

teller, telling
4 very large amount of money
considerable, enormous, great, immense, large, substantial (esp. BrE), vast
small (= quite large)

Rebuilding the house must have cost a small fortune.

family, personal
accumulate, acquire, amass, build, build up, earn, make, win
leave (sb)

Her aunt died and left her a fortune.

lose, squander

He lost his fortune in the crash of 1929.

She squandered the family fortune.

find, seek

They went to seek their fortune in the city.

be worth

Some of those old toys are worth a fortune now.

pay, spend

She spends a fortune on clothes!

hunter (= a person who tries to become rich by marrying sb with a lot of money)
fortune from

He built his fortune from breeding horses.

fortune in

She made a fortune in the property boom.

fortune on

They sold their house at the right time and made a fortune on it.

fortune out

He has amassed a considerable fortune out of trading shares.

fame and fortune

They went to America in search of fame and fortune.

heir to a fortune, heiress to a fortune

He was sole heir to the family fortune.

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