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From a tutorial

Use this template to visualize the changing fortunes of people or groups in competition with each other, like political candidates, countries' populations or football teams.

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The first bar in the plot represents China urban population for 2017.

I searched all the meanings in the Cambridge Dictionary but didn't find an item similar to "population".

Could "fortunes" mean "population" for some situations?

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No, what they mean here is similar to "fates" or "outcomes"... the fortunes of groups of people are what happens to the people in those groups in the long term.

In a similar usage, a fortune teller is someone who tries to predict your fortune - your future.

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  • Thank you. For this particular situation, it means the trends of urban population in those countries, right?
    – RobertH
    Jun 25, 2020 at 9:38
  • Yes - they have graphed population, just to give an example of how to use the template. A template is a basic pattern. This is a graph template. You could use it to graph other outcomes - as they suggest, votes or sports scores. All of these outcomes can be referred to as "fortunes" - how fortunate they were, in a sense. Jun 26, 2020 at 14:41

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