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verb [intransitive/transitive] gamble pronunciation in British English /ˈɡæmb(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygamble
he/she/itgambles
present participlegambling
past tensegambled
past participlegambled
  1. 2
    to do something that involves risks but may result in benefits if things happen as you hope they will
    gamble on:

    The improved atmosphere persuaded some foreign investors to gamble on a recovery.

    gamble that:

    Mr Bush is gambling that his idea will attract support from the public.

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