What does gamble mean?

Definitions for gamble
ˈgæm bəlgam·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gamble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gamblenoun

    money that is risked for possible monetary gain

  2. gambleverb

    a risky act or venture

  3. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chanceverb

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

  4. gambleverb

    play games for money


  1. gamblenoun

    A significant risk, undertaken with a potential gain.

  2. gamblenoun

    A risky venture

    The sailors had taken many gambles with the sea and always won.

  3. gambleverb

    To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.

  4. gambleverb

    To play risky games, especially casino games, for monetary gain.

  5. gambleverb

    To risk (something) for potential gain.

    He gambled his reputation on the outcome.

  6. gambleverb

    To interact with equipment at a casino

  7. Etymology: From gamenian 'to play', either via a dialectal survival of gammlen, a variant of gamenen 'to play, jest, be merry', or via a derivative of gamel 'to play games'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gambleverb

    to play or game for money or other stake

  2. Gambleverb

    to lose or squander by gaming; -- usually with away

  3. Etymology: [Dim. of game. See 2d Game.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gamble

    gam′bl, v.i. to play for money in games of chance or skill: to engage in wild financial speculations.—v.t. to squander away.—n. a gambling transaction.—ns. Gam′bler, one who gambles, esp. who makes it his business; Gam′bling-house, a house kept for the accommodation of people who play at games of hazard for money. [For gamm-le or gam-le, a freq. which has ousted M. E. gamenen—A.S. gamenian, to play at games—gamen, a game.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gamble in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gamble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of gamble in a Sentence

  1. Max Silver:

    Life is a gamble, but if your happy, you will always come out on top

  2. Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie:

    You know that when you come in. I knew that when I moved here, this was a gamble that everybody takes. Maybe I've lost.

  3. Booth Goodwin:

    To go from boardroom to the prospect of incarceration sends a powerful message to executives who would ignore the safety of their workers. It doesn't matter who you are, how rich you are, how powerful you are, if you violate the laws and gamble with the lives of your workers, you will be held accountable.

  4. Hamida Norhamida:

    Selling it will be a gamble.

  5. Arnie Wexler:

    I thought about killing myself every day, but I didn’t have enough guts, i would gamble on two cockroaches coming out of the carpet, which would come closer.

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  • riskovatCzech
  • Hazardspiel, spielen, riskant, wetten, spekulieren, setzen, Spiel, zocken, GlücksspielGerman
  • στοίχημα, στοιχηματίζωGreek
  • apostar, jugarSpanish
  • õnnemängEstonian
  • uhkapelata, vaarantaa, ottaa riski, uhkapeliFinnish
  • pari, parier, jeu de hasardFrench
  • הימרHebrew
  • scommessa, scommettereItalian
  • 賭ける, ギャンブル, 賭け, 懸けるJapanese
  • purei moniMāori
  • коцка, комар, се коцкаMacedonian
  • judiMalay
  • wagen, gok, waagstuk, gokken, vergokkenDutch
  • ryzykować, hazardPolish
  • arriscarPortuguese
  • играть в азартные игры, авантюра, рисковать, азартная играRussian
  • kockatiSerbo-Croatian
  • spelaSwedish
  • risker, trimler, wadjeureWalloon

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