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Present Participle: gambling
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 gam•ble /ˈgæmbəl/
USA pronunciation v., -bled, -bling, n. v.
Games to play at a game of chance for money or other stakes: to gamble at cards. [no object ]
to bet, wager, stake, or risk (something of value, as money) on the outcome of something involving chance or uncertainty; bet: I'll gamble my life on his honesty. [~ + object + on ] He gambled on that project's succeeding. [~ + on + object ]
to take a chance; risk: We're gambling that our new store will be a success. [~ + (that) clause ]
to lose by betting: gambled all his money away. [~ + object + away ] gambled away all his money. [~ + away + object ] n.
[ countable ]
any matter or thing involving risk or hazardous uncertainty: We took a gamble in hiring him.
gam•bler, n. [ countable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 gam•ble
(gam ′bəl), USA pronunciation v., -bled, -bling, n. v.i.
Gamesto 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. v.t.
to lose or squander by betting (usually fol. by away): He gambled all his hard-earned money away in one night.
to wager or risk (money or something else of value): to gamble one's freedom.
to take a chance on; venture; risk: I'm gambling that our new store will be a success. n.
any matter or thing involving risk or hazardous uncertainty. a venture in a game of chance for stakes, esp. for high stakes.
gam ′bler, n.
1150–1200; Middle English gamenen to play (Old English gamenian), with substitution of - le for -en; see game 1
6. venture, hazard, speculation, flyer. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gamble / ˈɡæmb/ əl vb ( intransitive) to play games of chance to win money to risk or bet (money) on the outcome of an event, sport, etc ( intransitive) often followed by on: to act with the expectation of: to gamble on its being a sunny day ( ) often followed by away to lose by or as if by betting; squander n a risky act or venture a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain Etymology: 18 th Century: probably variant of game 1 ˈgambler n ˈgambling n
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