American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest.
- v. To play a game of chance for stakes.
- v. To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
- v. To engage in reckless or hazardous behavior: You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.
- v. To put up as a stake in gambling; wager.
- v. To expose to hazard; risk: gambled their lives in a dangerous rescue mission.
- n. A bet, wager, or other gambling venture.
- n. An act or undertaking of uncertain outcome; a risk: I took a gamble that stock prices would rise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To play at any game of hazard for a stake; risk money or anything of value on the issue of a game of chance, by either playing or betting on the play of others; hence, to engage in financial transactions or speculations dependent for success chiefly upon chance or unknown contingencies: as, to gamble with cards or dice; to gamble in stocks.
- Gambling contract. See contract.
- To lose or squander by gaming: with away or off.
- n. A venture in gambling or as in gambling; a reckless speculation.
- n. A leg.
- n. A significant risk, undertaken with a potential gain.
- n. A risky venture
- v. To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.
- v. To play risky games, especially casino games, for monetary gain.
- v. transitive To risk (something) for potential gain.
- v. To interact with equipment at a casino
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To play or game for money or other stake.
- v. To lose or squander by gaming; -- usually with
- n. colloq. An act of gambling; a transaction or proceeding involving gambling; hence, anything involving similar risk or uncertainty.
- v. play games for money
- n. money that is risked for possible monetary gain
- v. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
- n. a risky act or venture
- 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' (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from obsolete gamel, to play games, from Middle English gamen, gamenen, to play, from Old English gamenian, from gamen, fun. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“As the bombardment of Gaza has failed to break Palestinian "will," now the gamble is that ground troops will.”
“The GOP's gamble is that they will be able to get this amalgam of anarchists to either move towards more moderate positions or get them under control.”
“But while his initial gamble was on Clegg's Liberal Democrats staying steadfast, the more dangerous gamble is with his own party.”
“The gamble is that after the departures from Iraq and Afghanistan and the heat of conflict, there will be a considerable cooling.”
“Their gamble is that their strategies, taken from "The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich," will pay off ........”
“Stull (12-of-23, 156 yards) twice cost Pitt chances to mount go-ahead or tying drives in the fourth quarter - overthrowing Conredge Collins on a fourth-and-3 gamble from the West Virginia 34 before being intercepted by Brandon Hogan on another overthrow.”
“It was the Michigan party leaders, making a short-term gamble, who are responsible for Michigan not having a say in the PRIMARY PROCESS (which is a procedural issue, not a civil rights one).”
“You would have a RM Captain gamble, yes gamble the live of 15 crew (most of them matelots not marines) on the chance that Iranian boat crews have better roe and direct intructions not to kill anybody … … … … … … … … … … What planet are you on”
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