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Dictionary Definition



1 the act of gambling; "he did it on a bet" [syn: bet]
2 the money risked on a gamble [syn: stake, stakes, bet]


1 stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse" [syn: bet, play]
2 maintain with or as if with a bet; "I bet she will be there!" [syn: bet]

User Contributed Dictionary




From wageure, from wagier "to pledge".


  1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
  2. A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
  3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.


a stake; a pledge
an agreement
the subject of a bet


  1. To put something up as collateral


Extensive Definition

Wager can refer to:


Given name

  • Wager Swayne (November 10, 1834 – December 18, 1902), American military Governor


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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