gam·​bling | \ ˈgam-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gambling (audio) \

Definition of gambling

: 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 gamegambling regulationsa gambling empire

First Known Use of gambling

1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gambling was in 1700

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“Gambling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gambling

: the practice or activity of betting money : the practice of risking money in a game or bet

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