gamble Definition

  • 1to play games of chance for money, often hoping to win large amounts of money
  • 2to take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit

Using gamble: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gamble" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He gambled all his savings on the stock market.

  • Example

    She gambled away her inheritance at the casino.

  • Example

    I'm not willing to gamble on this investment.

  • Example

    They gambled on the success of their new business.

gamble Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for gamble

Antonyms for gamble

Idioms Using gamble

  • a situation where anything can happen because normal rules no longer apply


    With the pandemic, all bets are off for the future of the economy.

  • double or nothing

    a bet in which the winner receives twice the amount of the original wager or nothing at all


    He offered me double or nothing on our bet, but I declined.

  • a phrase used to describe the fact that casinos and other gambling establishments always make a profit in the long run


    Don't forget, the house always wins, so be careful when gambling.

Phrases with gamble

  • to take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit


    I decided to take a gamble and invest in the new startup.

  • a decision or action that is likely to be successful or profitable


    Investing in real estate is usually a safe gamble.

  • a decision or action that involves a lot of risk


    Starting a business without a solid plan is a big gamble.

Origins of gamble

from Old English 'gamenian', meaning 'to play'


Summary: gamble in Brief

The verb 'gamble' [ˈɡæmbl] refers to playing games of chance for money or taking risks in the hope of gaining an advantage. It can involve betting or speculating, as in 'He gambled all his savings on the stock market.' Phrases like 'take a gamble' and idioms like 'all bets are off' express the idea of risk-taking, while 'the house always wins' warns of the profitability of casinos.

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