"gambling" in the noun sense
1. gambling, gaming, play
the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize
"his gambling cost him a fortune"
"there was heavy play at the blackjack table"
"gambling" in the verb sense
1. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance
take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
"When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
play games for money
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