verb (used with object), for·tuned, for·tun·ing.
verb (used without object), for·tuned, for·tun·ing.
- fortune cookie,
- fortune five hundred,
- fortune hunter,
Origin of fortune
Examples from the Web for fortune
Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President of the Fortune Society, gave a tour along with a few residents.
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.
“I suppose she'll want a fortune as well,” he says, looking at me as if I were Liv Ullmann's agent.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The city became a Mecca for hordes of hipsters and creative types as well as young people seeking their fortune in finance.
According to lore, 145 of these original soldiers of fortune either fled battle or were captured and settled in the area.
Broken in health and in fortune, he went to Colorado in 1879, where he remained seven years.Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865|Ward Hill Lamon
If they should change places, fortune would change with them.
It was a common belief on that street that his fortune was stuffed away in some of the threadbare cushions.Travelers Five Along Life's Highway|Annie Fellows Johnston
Agreement can make its own fortune, and need not wait to be endowed.History of American Socialisms|John Humphrey Noyes
How fatal then, how tormenting, how intolerable, must her reverse of fortune be!The Adventures of Roderick Random|Tobias Smollett
- (tr) to endow with great wealth
- (intr) to happen by chance
Word Origin for fortune
c.1300, "chance, luck as a force in human affairs," from Old French fortune "lot, good fortune, misfortune" (12c.), from Latin fortuna "chance, fate, good luck," from fors (genitive fortis) "chance, luck," possibly from PIE *bhrtu- and related to base *bher- (1) "to carry" (see infer).
Often personified as a goddess; her wheel betokens vicissitude. Sense of "owned wealth" first found in Spenser; probably it evolved from senses of "one's condition or standing in life," hence "position as determined by wealth," then "wealth" itself. Soldier of fortune first attested 1660s. Fortune 500 "most profitable American companies" is 1955, from the list published annually in "Fortune" magazine.
see make a fortune.