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Definition of gamble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gamble
    he / she / it gambles
    past simple gambled
    -ing form gambling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to risk money on a card game, horse race, etc. gamble (on something) to gamble on the horses gamble something (on something) I gambled all my winnings on the last race.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to risk losing something in the hope of being successful gamble something (on something) He's gambling his reputation on this deal. gamble with/on something It was wrong to gamble with our children's future.
  3. NAmE//ˈɡæmblər//
    noun He was a compulsive gambler (= found it difficult to stop).
  4. Phrasal Verbsgamble somethingawaygamble on something/on doing something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gamble