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wager

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noun wa·ger \ˈwā-jər\

Simple Definition of wager

  • : 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. 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. 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

Rhymes with wager


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wager

verb wa·ger

Simple Definition of wager

  • : 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

Full Definition of wager

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a bet

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to risk or venture on a final outcome; specifically :  to lay as a gamble :  bet <wager $5 on a horse>

wa·ger·er play \ˈwā-jər-ər\ noun

Examples of wager

  1. She wagered $50 on the game.

  2. I wouldn't wager against them.



1602

First Known Use of wager

1602




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