- 1Play games of chance for money; bet: she was fond of gambling on cards and horsesMore example sentences
- This book offers a concise and to-the-point directory for anyone who gambles on the Internet or is interested in gambling on the Internet.
- Appropriately for the son of a bookie, his career has often been about gambling on a long game.
- Gambling does, and any player who gambles on baseball or sits with those who conspire to do so risks destroying the very foundation on which the game is built.
- 1.1 [with object] Bet (a sum of money) on a game of chance: he was gambling every penny he had on the spin of a wheelMore example sentences
- He usually gambled sums of money between five and one hundred dollars, bottles of champagne, pairs of boots, or new hats.
- Its annual budget was too modest and its financial future too uncertain to gamble big sums on expensive, start-from-scratch studies.
- Instead firms are cutting the money they put into pension funds and telling workers to gamble their savings on the stockmarket through private schemes.
- 2Take risky action in the hope of a desired result: [with clause]: the British could only gamble that something would turn upMore example sentences
- There are no glamorous high-tech stocks, even though it is always tempting as an investor to gamble on risky firms, he writes.
- Investors began gambling on future returns and more patterns emerged.
- Financial speculators, who are gambling on more chaos in the Middle East, are also pushing up prices.
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- An act of gambling; an enterprise undertaken or attempted with a risk of loss and a chance of profit or success.More example sentences
- He paused and thought about doubling down, but seemed afraid to put out the extra money on such an insecure gamble.
- Though many see the stock market as a casino, shares are not a gamble.
- He's extremely talented and has good drive and business sense, but this is a gamble and could leave me in a bit of financial trouble if it fails.
early 18th century: from obsolete gamel 'play games', or from the verb game1.