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FOR'TUNE, n. [L. fortuna, fero or porto, tempestivus. See Hour and Time.]

1. Properly, chance; accident; luck; the arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner. Hence the heathens deified chance, and consecrated temples and altars to the goddess. Hence the modern use of the word, for a power supposed to distribute the lots of life, according to her own humor.

Though fortune's malice overthrow my state.

2. The good or ill that befalls man.

In you the fortune of Great Britain lies.

3. Success, good or bad; event.

Our equal crimes shall equal fortune give.

4. The chance of life; means of living; wealth.

His father dying, he was driven to London to seek his fortune.

5. Estate; possessions, as a gentleman of small fortune.

6. A large estate; great wealth. This is often the sense of the word standing alone or unqualified; as a gentleman or lady of fortune. To the ladies we say, beware of fortune-hunters.

7. The portion of a man or woman; generally of a woman.

8. Futurity; future state or events; destiny. The young are anxious to have their fortunes told.

You who men's fortunes in their faces read.

FOR'TUNE, v.t.

1. To make fortunate. [Not used.]

2. To dispose fortunately or not; also, to presage. Obs.

FOR'TUNE, v.i. To befall; to fall out; to happen; to come casually to pass.

It fortuned the same night that a christian serving a Turk in the camp, secretly gave the watchmen warning.



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FOR'TUNE, n. [L. fortuna, fero or porto, tempestivus. See Hour and Time.]

1. Properly, chance; accident; luck; the arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner. Hence the heathens deified chance, and consecrated temples and altars to the goddess. Hence the modern use of the word, for a power supposed to distribute the lots of life, according to her own humor.

Though fortune's malice overthrow my state.

2. The good or ill that befalls man.

In you the fortune of Great Britain lies.

3. Success, good or bad; event.

Our equal crimes shall equal fortune give.

4. The chance of life; means of living; wealth.

His father dying, he was driven to London to seek his fortune.

5. Estate; possessions, as a gentleman of small fortune.

6. A large estate; great wealth. This is often the sense of the word standing alone or unqualified; as a gentleman or lady of fortune. To the ladies we say, beware of fortune-hunters.

7. The portion of a man or woman; generally of a woman.

8. Futurity; future state or events; destiny. The young are anxious to have their fortunes told.

You who men's fortunes in their faces read.

FOR'TUNE, v.t.

1. To make fortunate. [Not used.]

2. To dispose fortunately or not; also, to presage. Obs.

FOR'TUNE, v.i. To befall; to fall out; to happen; to come casually to pass.

It fortuned the same night that a christian serving a Turk in the camp, secretly gave the watchmen warning.

FOR'TUNE, v.i.

To befall; to fall out; to happen; to come casually to pass. It fortuned the same night that a Christian serving a Turk in the camp, secretly gave the watchmen warning. Knolles.


FOR'TUNE, v.t.

  1. To make fortunate. [Not used.] Chaucer.
  2. To dispose fortunately or not; also, to presage. [Obs.] Dryden.

FOR'TUNE, n. [Fr. from L. fortuna; Sp. and It. fortuna; Arm. fortun; from the root of Sax. faran, to go, or L. fero or porto. So in D. gebeuren, to happen, to fall, from the root of bear; gebeurtenis, an event. We find the same word in opportunus, (ob-portunus,) seasonable. The primary sense is an event, that which comes or befalls. So Fr. heureux, from heure, hour, that is, time, season, and L. tempestivus. See Hour and Time. The Russ. pora, time, season, is of this family, and fortune is closely allied to it.]

  1. Properly, chance; accident; luck; the arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner. Hence the heathens deified chance, and consecrated temples and altars to the goddess. Hence the modern use of the word, for a power supposed to distribute the lots of life, according to her own humor. Though fortune's malice overthrow my state. Shak.
  2. The good or ill that befalls man. In you the fortune of Great Britain lies. Dryden.
  3. Success, good or bad; event. Our equal crimes shall equal fortune give. Dryden.
  4. The chance of life; means of living; wealth. His father dying, he was driven to London to seek his fortune. Swift.
  5. Estate; possessions; as, a gentleman of small fortune.
  6. A large estate; great wealth. This is often the sense of the word standing alone or unqualified; as, a gentleman or lady of fortune. To the ladies we say, beware of fortune-hunters.
  7. The portion of a man or woman; generally of a woman.
  8. Futurity; future state or events; destiny. The young are anxious to have their fortunes told. You who men's fortunes in their faces read. Cowley.

For"tune
  1. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life.

    'T is more by fortune, lady, than by merit. Shak.

    O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle. Shak.

  2. To make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  3. To fall out; to happen.

    It fortuned the same night that a Christian, serving a Turk in the camp, secretely gave the watchmen warning. Knolles.

  4. That which befalls or is to befall one; lot in life, or event in any particular undertaking; fate; destiny; as, to tell one's fortune.

    You, who men's fortunes in their faces read. Cowley.

  5. To provide with a fortune.

    Richardson.
  6. That which comes as the result of an undertaking or of a course of action; good or ill success; especially, favorable issue; happy event; success; prosperity as reached partly by chance and partly by effort.

    Our equal crimes shall equal fortune give. Dryden.

    There is a tide in the affairs of men,
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
    Shak.

    His father dying, he was driven to seek his fortune. Swift.

  7. To presage; to tell the fortune of.

    [Obs.] Dryden.
  8. Wealth; large possessions; large estate; riches; as, a gentleman of fortune.

    Syn. -- Chance; accident; luck; fate.

    Fortune book, a book supposed to reveal future events to those who consult it. Crashaw. -- Fortune hunter, one who seeks to acquire wealth by marriage. -- Fortune teller, one who professes to tell future events in the life of another. -- Fortune telling, the practice or art of professing to reveal future events in the life of another.

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Fortune

FOR'TUNE, noun [Latin fortuna, fero or porto, tempestivus. See Hour and Time.]

1. Properly, chance; accident; luck; the arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner. Hence the heathens deified chance, and consecrated temples and altars to the goddess. Hence the modern use of the word, for a power supposed to distribute the lots of life, according to her own humor.

Though fortune's malice overthrow my state.

2. The good or ill that befalls man.

In you the fortune of Great Britain lies.

3. Success, good or bad; event.

Our equal crimes shall equal fortune give.

4. The chance of life; means of living; wealth.

His father dying, he was driven to London to seek his fortune

5. Estate; possessions, as a gentleman of small fortune

6. A large estate; great wealth. This is often the sense of the word standing alone or unqualified; as a gentleman or lady of fortune To the ladies we say, beware of fortune-hunters.

7. The portion of a man or woman; generally of a woman.

8. Futurity; future state or events; destiny. The young are anxious to have their fortunes told.

You who men's fortunes in their faces read.

FOR'TUNE, verb transitive

1. To make fortunate. [Not used.]

2. To dispose fortunately or not; also, to presage. obsolete

FOR'TUNE, verb intransitive To befall; to fall out; to happen; to come casually to pass.

It fortuned the same night that a christian serving a Turk in the camp, secretly gave the watchmen warning.

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