gam·​bling ˈgam-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gambling (audio)
: the practice or activity of betting : the practice of risking money or other stakes in a game or bet
illegal gambling
compulsive gambling
Then, within the past 18 months, after the explosion in Internet gambling … and the cable TV debut of the World Poker Tour, the game took off again.Walter Kirn
often used before another noun
a gambling game
gambling regulations
a gambling empire

Examples of gambling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families. Paloma Chavez, Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 Always do your due diligence and check your local gambling policies. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 Why feds say Shohei Ohtani is a ‘victim’: Interpreter allegedly paid gambling debts pretending to be Dodger. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 Sports gambling is regulated at the state level in the U.S., which has created a fractured regulatory ecosystem. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 The fifth house: The fifth house signifies the prospect of taking risks in gambling, investing, exploring creativity, and pursuing casual romantic relationships, hobbies, and children The sixth house: This house embodies our health, daily activities, habits, wellness, colleagues, and employees. Lisa Stardust, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 He was fired by the Dodgers amid accusations of stealing money from Ohtani to pay his gambling debts. Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register, 11 Apr. 2024 In state after state, centers for problem gambling are noticing an alarming rise in calls to their helplines. Katie Mogg, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Atlantic City casino workers have tried unsuccessfully for years to persuade New Jersey lawmakers to outlaw smoking on gambling floors. Erin Nolan, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gambling was in 1700

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“Gambling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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