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gamble

gam·ble

gamble

 
 
pronunciation:
gaem bl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: gambled, gambles, gambling
definition 1: to bet money or other stakes on the outcome of a game, race, or any other game of chance or skill.
synonyms:
bet, game, wager
similar words:
lay
definition 2: to take a risk, hoping for a good outcome.
We gambled that the weather would be good on the day of the picnic.
similar words:
bet, speculate, wager
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to bet or put at risk (something of value).
synonyms:
bet, risk, wager
similar words:
go, hazard, lay, venture
definition 2: to lose (something of value) by betting or risking (often fol. by away).
Every week he gambles away most of his pay.
similar words:
bet, squander, wager
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a risky undertaking; something of uncertain outcome.
My friend thinks that marriage is always a gamble.
synonyms:
risk
similar words:
chance, hazard, speculation, venture, wager
definition 2: an instance of betting money or its equivalent.
synonyms:
bet, play, wager
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derivation: gambler (n.)