verb gam·ble \ˈgam-bəl\

: to play a game in which you can win or lose money or possessions : to bet money or other valuable things

: to risk losing (an amount of money) in a game or bet

: to risk losing (something valuable or important) in order to do or achieve something

gam·bledgam·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of GAMBLE

intransitive verb
a :  to play a game for money or property
b :  to bet on an uncertain outcome
:  to stake something on a contingency :  take a chance
transitive verb
:  to risk by gambling :  wager
gam·bler \-blər\ noun

Examples of GAMBLE

  1. He's been drinking and gambling heavily.
  2. He would often gamble hundreds of dollars on a hand of poker.
  3. The mayor is gambling with the city's future.
  4. people who lost money gambling in the stock market
  5. The mayor is gambling that the new policies will help rather than hurt the city.

Origin of GAMBLE

probably back-formation from gambler, probably alteration of obsolete gamner, from obsolete gamen to play
First Known Use: 1772

Rhymes with GAMBLE



: something that could produce a desired result or a bad or unpleasant result

Full Definition of GAMBLE

a :  an act having an element of risk
b :  something chancy
:  the playing of a game of chance for stakes

Examples of GAMBLE

  1. Starting her own business was a gamble, but it paid off.
  2. She thought about starting her own business, but she decided it was too much of a gamble.

First Known Use of GAMBLE


Related to GAMBLE

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce


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