for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯrch-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) , ˈfȯr-chə- \

Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain : auspicious made a fortunate investment
2 : receiving some unexpected good How fortunate we are to get such a nice room!

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Other Words from fortunate

fortunateness noun

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lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result. won because of a lucky bounce fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts. fortunate in my investments happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed. a series of happy accidents providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power. a providential change in the weather

Examples of fortunate in a Sentence

How fortunate we were to find that restaurant! We should try to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Recent Examples on the Web Bill Clinton was fortunate in having a third-party candidate, Ross Perot, in the 1992 presidential race taking votes away from his major opponent, George H.W. Bush. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Machiavellian Moments," 11 Feb. 2021 Otherwise, the Red Raiders have been fortunate in avoiding COVID-19 outbreaks among players and coaches, though the school’s football team was forced to close after nine members of the staff tested positive. Nick Moyle,, "As West Virginia deals with COVID-19 issues, Texas remains wary ahead of matchup with Tech," 12 Jan. 2021 Except, if the Gophers are fortunate, families and a couple of hundred other fans will be able to attend and that's it. Star Tribune, "Gophers volleyball returns as the best show in town," 8 Jan. 2021 Burke nails this quality, which is fortunate, given that his Welles is largely depicted as a disembodied voice on the other end of a phone call. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Mank’ brings just the latest in a long line of Orson Welles depictions," 6 Jan. 2021 That’s been fortunate given the drastic increase in community transmission since just after the Fourth of July, when Carroll had seen only about 500 cases outside of elder care facilities. Bob Blubaugh,, "Navigating the pandemic: Carroll County Health Department faced ‘difficult balancing act’ throughout 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 The project was fortunate to garner support from both Democratic and Republican governors. Will Coviello,, "'Museum Town' looks at MASS MoCA's effort to bring contemporary art to a small town," 28 Dec. 2020 On rainy days, those who are assigned to indoor jobs feel fortunate. Will Wright,, "An intense vaccine drive, straight through the arena," 6 Feb. 2021 Jones said the Garland NAACP is fortunate to have an answering service that typically identifies the caller by the name in which their phone is listed and the telephone number. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Garland NAACP receives racist voicemail calling Martin Luther King Jr. the N-word," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Fortunate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fortunate

: having good luck : enjoying good fortune
: coming or happening because of good luck


for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯr-chə-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) \

Kids Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing a good result a fortunate discovery
2 : having good luck : lucky She was fortunate to have avoided injury.

Other Words from fortunate

fortunately adverb

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