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gamble

play
verb gam·ble \ˈgam-bəl\

Definition of gamble

gambled

;

gambling

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

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

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

  6. 2 :  venture, hazard

gambler

play \ˈgam-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, perhaps alteration (by dissimilation, or substitution of the frequentative suffix -le) of early Modern English gamner “player in a game,” from gamen “to play” (going back to Middle English gamenen, going back to Old English gamenian, derivative of gamen 1game) + -er 2-er


First Known Use: 1757


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gamble

noun gam·ble

Definition of gamble

  1. 1a :  an act having an element of riskb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of gamble

noun derivative of 1gamble


First Known Use: 1823



GAMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

gamble

play
verb

Definition of gamble for English Language Learners

  • : 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

gamble

noun

Definition of gamble for English Language Learners

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


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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