Totake a risk in the hope of gaining anadvantage or a benefit.
Toengage in reckless or hazardous behavior: Youare gambling with your health by continuing tosmoke.
Toput up as a stake in gambling; wager.
Toexpose to hazard; risk: gambled theirlives in a dangerous rescue mission.
Abet, wager, or other gambling venture.
Anact or undertaking of uncertain outcome; arisk: I took a gamble that stock priceswould rise.
[Perhapsfrom obsoletegamel,to play games, from Middle Englishgamen,gamenen, toplay, from Old Englishgamenian,fromgamen,fun.]
Gamble\Gam"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gambled;p. pr. & vb. n. Gambling.] [Dim. of game. See2d Game.] To play or game for money or otherstake.
adj :preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure andespecially games of chance; "led a dissipatedlife"; "a betting man"; "acard-playing son of a bitch"; "agambling fool"; "sporting gents andtheir ladies" [syn: dissipated, betting,card-playing, sporting] n : the act of playing forstakes in the hope of winning (including thepayment of a price for a chance to win a prize);"his gambling cost him a fortune";"there was heavy play at the blackjacktable" [syn: gaming, play]