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1wager

noun wa·ger \ˈwā-jər\

: an agreement in which people try to guess what will happen and the person who guesses wrong has to give something (such as money) to the person who guesses right

: the money or other valuable thing that you could win or lose in a bet

Full Definition of WAGER

1
a :  something (as a sum of money) risked on an uncertain event :  stake
b :  something on which bets are laid :  gamble <do a stunt as a wager>
2
archaic :  an act of giving a pledge to take and abide by the result of some action

Examples of WAGER

  1. He has a wager on the game.
  2. I don't think the horse will win. What's your wager?

Origin of WAGER

Middle English wageour pledge, bet, from Anglo-French wageure, from *wager
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to WAGER

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

Rhymes with WAGER

2wager

verb

: to risk losing something (such as money) if your guess about what will happen is wrong

—used in the phrase I'll wager to indicate what you think will happen or what you believe is probably true

wa·geredwa·ger·ing \ˈwāj-riŋ, ˈwā-jə-\

Full Definition of WAGER

intransitive verb
:  to make a bet
transitive verb
:  to risk or venture on a final outcome; specifically :  to lay as a gamble :  bet <wager $5 on a horse>
wa·ger·er \ˈwā-jər-ər\ noun

Examples of WAGER

  1. She wagered $50 on the game.
  2. I wouldn't wager against them.

First Known Use of WAGER

1602

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce
WAGER Defined for Kids

1wager

noun wa·ger \ˈwā-jər\

Definition of WAGER for Kids

1
:  1bet 2
2
:  the act of betting

2wager

verb
wa·geredwa·ger·ing

Definition of WAGER for Kids

:  to bet on the result of a contest or question

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