\ ˈbet How to pronounce bet (audio) \

Definition of bet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 outcome
b : the act of giving such a pledge
2 : something to wager on
3 : a choice made by consideration of probabilities your best bet is the back road


bet also betted; betting

Definition of bet (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to stake on the outcome of an issue or the performance of a contestant
b : to be able to be sure that usually used in the expression you bet you bet I'll be there
2a : to maintain with or as if with a bet
b : to make a bet with
c : to make a bet on

intransitive verb

: to lay a bet

Definition of bet (Entry 3 of 3)


Synonyms for bet

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bet in a Sentence

Noun He has a bet on the game. He made a bet with his brother that he could finish his chores first. He and his brother have a bet about who can finish his chores first. He lost the bet and had to pay his brother five dollars. His brother won the bet. He paid his brother five dollars to settle the bet. Verb He bet $5 on the game. I'll bet that he makes the next shot. He always bets that the favorite will win. He lost a lot of money by betting on college football and basketball. I bet against the favorite and I lost. I wouldn't bet against her. She's very likely to win this race. Carmakers are betting that people will want to buy larger, more expensive cars this year. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the Cardinals look like a good bet to backslide. Ben Volin,, 7 May 2022 Friday and Saturday are even cooler days, with plenty of clouds and periods of rain, before a potentially nicer Sunday, although that’s not a sure bet. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Vance was no sure bet to win this primary when Trump endorsed him. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 4 May 2022 At these prices, Netflix might look like a good bet. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 Another factor is that the case would likely have to go before the U.S. Supreme Court, where a favorable ruling isn't a sure bet. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 With seemingly everyone in Hollywood eager to work with the Smiths on TV or film projects, Westbrook’s future seemed like a sure bet, at least until Oscars night. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2022 The Lightning are coming off back-to-back Stanley Cups, and, as recently as March 6, looked like a solid bet for a third. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2022 But Pachinko, author Min Jin Lee’s epic 2017 novel, is a sure bet. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the time away, Ridley bet on NFL games, including those featuring the Falcons, leading to March’s suspension for the entire upcoming season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 Bond markets in recent weeks had begun to bet on such a move. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Last month, Kwon bet a crypto investor who goes by the pseudonym Sensei Algod $1 million that the price of Luna, which depends on TerraUSD, would be higher in a year, according to crypto news outlet, The Block. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 Sony and the Lego family investment fund, Kirkbi, bet big on the 'metaverse' with $2 billion investment in Epic Games. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 During an era when most artists were beholden to the whims of corporations, Wilco bet on itself and stood up for creative principles. Bob Gendron,, 13 Apr. 2022 Don’t bet on the price of NFL subsidies going down. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 Registrants then bet on any gaming market, knowing the industry leaders insure any potential loss up to $1,100 in site credit. Xl Media, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 Nicolas Ghesquière and Jonathan Anderson bet on the style at Louis Vuitton and Loewe, while Stella McCartney offered her own sporty take on the trend. Vogue, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bet


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for bet


origin unknown

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10 May 2022

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\ ˈbet How to pronounce bet (audio) \

Kids Definition of bet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 : the money or thing risked in a bet
3 : a choice made by considering what might happen It's a safe bet that they will win.


bet or betted; betting

Kids Definition of bet (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to risk in a bet bet a dollar
2 : to make a bet with I bet you he'll win.
3 : to be sure enough to make a bet I bet she knows the answer.



Kids Definition of bet.


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