Meaning of “gambling” in the English Dictionary

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"gambling" in British English

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gamblingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈɡæm.blɪŋ/ us /ˈɡæm.blɪŋ/

B2 the activity of betting money, for example in a game or on a horse race:

Gambling can be an addictive habit.
He had to borrow money to pay off his gambling debts.

More examples

  • It seems that politicians, like ordinary citizens, are conflicted about gambling.
  • He owned several bars in the city and ran an illegal gambling joint.
  • He is accused of misappropriating $30 000 to pay off gambling debts.
  • Her new book gives a historical account of gambling.
  • The gambling resort attracts thousands of visitors each year.

(Definition of “gambling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gambling" in Business English

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gamblingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈɡæmblɪŋ/ us

the activity of risking money on the result of something, such as a game or horse race, hoping to make money:

He has asked lawmakers to approve his proposal to hold a referendum legalizing slot-machine gambling.

(Definition of “gambling” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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