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"gamble" in British English

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gambleverb

uk   us   /ˈɡæm.bl̩/

gamblenoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈɡæm.bl̩/
(Definition of gamble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gamble" in American English

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gambleverb

 us   /ˈɡæm·bəl/
to ​risklosingmoney in the ​hope of ​winning a lot more ​money, esp. if the ​result of a ​futureeventhappens as you ​hope: [I] Some ​people like to gamble ​even though the ​odds are against them. [M] He gambled away most of his ​money. To gamble is also to do something that you ​think is ​worth doing ​although it might not ​succeed or you might ​losemoney: [+ that clause] We’re gambling that enough ​people will show up at the ​concert to ​coverourexpenses.
gamble
noun [C usually sing]  us   /ˈɡæm·bəl/
Starting up a new ​business is always a gamble.
gambling
noun [U]  us   /ˈɡæm·blɪŋ/
Gambling in the ​form of ​statelotteries is used to ​raisemoney for ​education.
(Definition of gamble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"gamble" in Business English

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gamblenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈɡæmbl/
an ​action that involves ​risk but that could have a good ​result: Homebuyers who are ​willing to take a gamble that ​interestrates will ​staylow can get a ​mortgage at less than 3%. The gamble ​paid off and the President's ​reputation as a ​strongleader was ​enhanced. a big/huge/​massive gamble

gambleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈɡæmbl/
to do something that involves ​risk and could ​fail but that you hope will ​succeed or make ​money: gamble on sth He gambled his ​political future on the ​success of the ​project.gamble with sth The ​President warned Republicans not to gamble with ​Medicare. Investors gambled that the US ​interestraterise would be the last one this ​year. Large ​numbers are gambling on the ​housepriceboom - a gamble they may regret if ​pricesfall or ​interestratesrise.
to ​riskmoney, for ​example in a ​game or on a horse race: In the 2000s ​casinos began to ​spread, ​providing alternative ​places to gamble.
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(Definition of gamble from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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