Gamble meaning

gămbəl
Gamble is defined as to take a risk, or to play games especially with money for betting.

An example of gamble is to play the slots in Las Vegas.

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To put up as a stake in gambling; wager.
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To engage in reckless or hazardous behavior.

You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.

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To risk in gambling; bet; wager.
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To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
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To expose to hazard; risk.

Gambled their lives in a dangerous rescue mission.

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A bet, wager, or other gambling venture.
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An act or undertaking of uncertain outcome; a risk.

I took a gamble that stock prices would rise.

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To play games of chance for money or some other stake.
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To take a risk in order to gain some advantage.
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An act or undertaking involving risk of a loss.
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A significant risk, undertaken with a potential gain.
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A risky venture.

The sailors had taken many gambles with the sea and always won.

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To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.
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To play risky games, especially casino games, for monetary gain.
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To risk (something) for potential gain.

He gambled his reputation on the outcome.

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To interact with equipment at a casino.
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The definition of a gamble is a risk.

An example of a gamble is the act of betting that a certain team will win a game.

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gamble away
  • To squander or lose in gambling.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

gamble away

Origin of gamble

  • Perhaps from obsolete gamel to play games from Middle English gamen, gamenen to play from Old English gamenian from gamen fun

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English gamenian 'to play', either via a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, a variant of gamenen 'to play, jest, be merry', or via a derivative of gamel 'to play games'

    From Wiktionary