gambling

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 [ˈgæmblɪŋ]


For the verb: "to gamble"

Present Participle: gambling

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
gam•ble /ˈgæmbəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
v. 
  1. Games to play at a game of chance for money or other stakes:[no object]to gamble at cards.
  2. to bet, wager, stake, or risk (something of value, as money) on the outcome of something involving chance or uncertainty;
    bet: [+ object + on]I'll gamble my life on his honesty.[+ on + object]He gambled on that project's succeeding.
  3. to take a chance;
    risk:[+ (that) clause]We're gambling that our new store will be a success.
  4. to lose by betting: [+ object + away]gambled all his money away.[+ away + object]gambled away all his money.

n. [countable]
  1. 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  (gambəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
v.i. 
  1. Gamesto play at any game of chance for money or other stakes.
  2. 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. 
  1. to lose or squander by betting (usually fol. by away):He gambled all his hard-earned money away in one night.
  2. to wager or risk (money or something else of value):to gamble one's freedom.
  3. to take a chance on;
    venture;
    risk:I'm gambling that our new store will be a success.

n. 
  1. any matter or thing involving risk or hazardous uncertainty.
  2. a venture in a game of chance for stakes, esp. for high stakes.
gambler, n. 
  • 1150–1200; Middle English gamenen to play (Old English gamenian), with substitution of -le for -en; see game1
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged venture, hazard, speculation, flyer.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gamble /ˈɡæmbəl/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to play games of chance to win money
  2. to risk or bet (money) on the outcome of an event, sport, etc
  3. (intransitive) often followed by on: to act with the expectation of: to gamble on its being a sunny day
  4. (often followed by away) to lose by or as if by betting; squander
n
  1. a risky act or venture
  2. a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain
Etymology: 18th Century: probably variant of game1

ˈgambler n ˈgambling n



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