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bet

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noun \ˈbet\

Definition of bet

  1. 1a :  something that is laid, staked, or pledged typically between two parties on the outcome of a contest or a contingent issue :  wager —often used figuratively in such phrases as all bets are off to stress the uncertainty of an outcomeb :  the act of giving such a pledge

  2. 2 :  something to wager on

  3. 3 :  a choice made by consideration of probabilities your best bet is the back road

Examples of bet in a Sentence

  1. He has a bet on the game.

  2. He made a bet with his brother that he could finish his chores first.

  3. He and his brother have a bet about who can finish his chores first.

  4. He lost the bet and had to pay his brother five dollars.

  5. His brother won the bet.

  6. He paid his brother five dollars to settle the bet.

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Origin and Etymology of bet

origin unknown


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bet

verb

Definition of bet

bet

also

betted

;

betting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to stake on the outcome of an issue or the performance of a contestantb :  to be able to be sure that —usually used in the expression you bet you bet I'll be there

  3. 2a :  to maintain with or as if with a betb :  to make a bet withc :  to make a bet on

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to lay a bet

Examples of bet in a Sentence

  1. He bet $5 on the game.

  2. I'll bet that he makes the next shot.

  3. He always bets that the favorite will win.

  4. He lost a lot of money by betting on college football and basketball.

  5. I bet against the favorite and I lost.

  6. I wouldn't bet against her. She's very likely to win this race.

  7. Carmakers are betting that people will want to buy larger, more expensive cars this year.

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First Known Use of bet

circa 1600


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bet

abbreviation

Definition of bet

  1. between


BET Defined for English Language Learners

bet

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noun

Definition of bet for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : a choice made by thinking about what will probably happen

bet

verb

Definition of bet for English Language Learners

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

  • : to risk losing (something) when you try to do or achieve something

  • : to make decisions that are based on the belief that something will happen or is true


BET Defined for Kids

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bet

play
noun \ˈbet\

Definition of bet for Students

  1. 1 :  an agreement requiring the person who guesses wrong about the result of a contest or the outcome of an event to give something to the person who guesses right

  2. 2 :  the money or thing risked in a bet

  3. 3 :  a choice made by considering what might happen It's a safe bet that they will win.


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bet

play
verb

Definition of bet for Students

bet

or

betted

;

betting

  1. 1 :  to risk in a bet bet a dollar

  2. 2 :  to make a bet with I bet you he'll win.

  3. 3 :  to be sure enough to make a bet I bet she knows the answer.



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