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gambler  /gmblr/  n. 1 a person who plays games of chance 2 a risk-taker: She is a gambler; she buys the stock of companies in financial trouble.

Usage Note: Because many gamblers cant control their desire to bet, gambling is con-sidered a serious disease, like alcoholism. An organization called Gamblers Anonymous (a twelve-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous) helps gamblers break the habit and rebuild their lives. gambler

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