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gamble

play
verb gam·ble \ˈgam-bəl\

Simple Definition of gamble

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gamble

gambled

gambling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to play a game for money or property b :  to bet on an uncertain outcome

  3. 2 :  to stake something on a contingency :  take a chance

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to risk by gambling :  wager

  6. 2 :  venture, hazard

gambler

play \-blər\ noun

Examples of gamble in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of gamble

probably back-formation from gambler, probably alteration of obsolete gamner, from obsolete gamen to play


First Known Use: 1772


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gamble

noun gam·ble

Simple Definition of gamble

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gamble

  1. 1 a :  an act having an element of risk b :  something chancy

  2. 2 :  the playing of a game of chance for stakes

Examples of gamble in a sentence

  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.



1823

First Known Use of gamble

1823

Rhymes with gamble



GAMBLE Defined for Kids

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gamble

play
verb gam·ble \ˈgam-bəl\

Definition of gamble for Students

gambled

gambling

  1. 1 :  to play a game in which something (as money) can be won or lost :  bet

  2. 2 :  to take a chance <I gambled on not being seen.>

gambler

\ˈgam-blər\ noun



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gamble

play
noun gam·ble

Definition of gamble for Students

  1. :  something that could produce a good or bad result :  risk <Starting a business can be a gamble.>




Law Dictionary

gamble

play
verb gam·ble \ˈgam-bəl\

Legal Definition of gamble

gambled

gambling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to risk something of value for the chance of winning a prize
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to risk (something) for the chance of winning a prize

gambler

\-blər\ play noun




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