gamble

[ gam-buhl ]
/ ˈgæm bəl /

verb (used without object), gam·bled, gam·bling.

to play at any game of chance for money or other stakes.
to stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chance: to gamble on a toss of the dice.

verb (used with object), gam·bled, gam·bling.

noun

any matter or thing involving risk or hazardous uncertainty.
a venture in a game of chance for stakes, especially for high stakes.

Nearby words

  1. gambian,
  2. gambian trypanosomiasis,
  3. gambier,
  4. gambier islands,
  5. gambit,
  6. gambler,
  7. gamblers' fallacy,
  8. gambling,
  9. gambling house,
  10. gamboge

Origin of gamble

1150–1200; Middle English gamenen to play (Old English gamenian), with substitution of -le for -en; see game1

Related forms
Can be confusedgamble gambol

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British Dictionary definitions for gamble

gamble

/ (ˈɡæmbəl) /

verb

(intr) to play games of chance to win money
to risk or bet (money) on the outcome of an event, sport, etc
(intr often foll by on) to act with the expectation ofto gamble on its being a sunny day
(often foll by away) to lose by or as if by betting; squander

noun

a risky act or venture
a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain
Derived Formsgambler, noungambling, noun

Word Origin for gamble

C18: probably variant of game 1

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