Gamble Definition

gămbəl
gambled, gambles, gambling
verb
gambled, gambles, gambling
To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest.
American Heritage
To play games of chance for money or some other stake.
Webster's New World
To take a risk in order to gain some advantage.
Webster's New World
To risk in gambling; bet; wager.
Webster's New World
To engage in reckless or hazardous behavior.
You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.
American Heritage
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noun
gambles
A bet, wager, or other gambling venture.
American Heritage
An act or undertaking involving risk of a loss.
Webster's New World

A risky venture.

The sailors had taken many gambles with the sea and always won.
Wiktionary
idiom
gamble away
  • to squander or lose in gambling
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Gamble

Noun

Singular:
gamble
Plural:
gambles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Gamble

  • 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

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