gamble

I. gamble gam‧ble 1 [ˈgæmbl] verb [intransitive, transitive]
1. FINANCE to risk money on the stockmarket or a new business activity in the hope of making a profit:
gamble on

• The company is gambling on a new clothing line expanding its business.

gamble something on something

• The Hollywood studio gambled £20 million on making the most expensive black-and-white film ever.

gamble with

• The two men gambled with £6,000 of their savings to establish a research company.

2. to risk money on the result of something uncertain such as a card game or race:

• While on Madeira, he gambled at the island's casino.

  [m0] II. gamble gamble 2 noun [countable usually singular] FINANCE
an action or plan that involves a risk but that you hope will succeed:

• All stock exchange investment is a gamble.

• The board decided to embark on aggressive overseas expansion, the biggest gamble it had ever taken.

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gamble UK US /ˈgæmbl/ noun [C, usually singular]
an action that involves risk but that could have a good result: »

Homebuyers who are willing to take a gamble that interest rates will stay low can get a mortgage at less than 3%.

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The gamble paid off and the President's reputation as a strong leader was enhanced.

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a big/huge/massive gamble

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gamble UK US /ˈgæmbl/ verb [I or T]
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.

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Investors gambled that the US interest rate rise would be the last one this year.

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Large numbers are gambling on the house price boom - a gamble they may regret if prices fall or interest rates rise.

to risk money, for example in a game or on a horse race: »

In the 2000s casinos began to spread, providing alternative places to gamble.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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