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fortune sb. (the chief obs. uses are the foll.)
1. “by ,” by chance Mer.V. II. i. 34, AYL. I. ii. 48, Oth. V. ii. 224, Sonn. xxxii. 3; “at ,” at random Oth. III. iii. 263.
2. chance, hap, accident Mer.V. I. i. 44, Shr. III. ii. 23 “Whatever stays him from his word,” Oth. I. iii. 130 “the battles, sieges, f-s That I have pass'd” ; Cor. IV. v. 99 “to prove more f-s” (=to try the fortune of war again).
3. pl. used = sing.: a person's possessions, wealth Ado II. i. 316, Oth. V. ii. 365 “seize upon the f-s of the Moor.”
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