1 intr to play games of chance to win money
2 to risk or bet (money) on the outcome of an event, sport, etc.
3 intr; often foll by: on to act with the expectation of
to gamble on its being a sunny day
4 often foll by: away to lose by or as if by betting; squander
6 a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain
(C18: probably variant of game1)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
1 back, bet, game, have a flutter (informal) lay or make a bet, play, punt, put one's shirt on, stake, try one's luck, wager
2 back, chance, hazard, put one's faith or trust in, risk, skate on thin ice, speculate, stake, stick one's neck out (informal) take a chance, take the plunge, venture
3 chance, leap in the dark, lottery, risk, speculation, uncertainty, venture
4 bet, flutter (informal) punt, wager
3 certainty, foregone conclusion, safe bet, sure thing
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
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