bet

noun
\ 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

verb
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)

between

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Therefore masks are your best bet to help stop the virus spreading in close quarters, according to doctors. Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington, refinery29.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Again, self-care strategies for de-stressing are your best bet for prevention. Sarah Garone, Health.com, 13 Sep. 2021 For Christmas travelers, Dec. 21 or Dec. 24 is your best bet for savings. Chris Morris, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 Treatment is to reduce lactose intake, and reading labels is certainly your best bet. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2021 But a progestin-only pill, a.k.a. the minipill, sometimes makes acne worse, so one of these is probably not your best bet if blemishes are already the bane of your existence. Juno Demelo, Glamour, 24 Aug. 2021 McIngvale made the bet as a way to hedge against an in-store promotion where Gallery Furniture offered customers free furniture based on the Super Bowl outcome. Matt Young, Chron, 23 June 2021 Altria made a big bet on Juul because its sleek vaporizers were fueling a surge in the e-cigarette market and hastening the decline of traditional cigarettes. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 2 June 2021 One of the largest lodging real estate investment trusts just made a substantial bet on the rebound of Orlando’s tourism market, according to a report in GrowthSpotter. Amanda Rabines, orlandosentinel.com, 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Out of the 71 Big Bang Unico models, collectors can bet on this new color-forward piece to pair nicely with relaxed vacation outfits. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 7 July 2021 After graduating from law school, Biden bet on himself, borrowing money from the bank that financed the cars his father sold to start his own firm in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Michela Tindera, Forbes, 10 June 2021 One of the tech workers, Maurizio Pietrangelo, bet that his purchase would be good enough. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Taking cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has likened the virus to little more than a flu, his Health Ministry for months bet big on a single vaccine, ignoring other producers. Author: David Biller, Maria Cheng, Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2021 Taking cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has likened the virus to little more than a flu, his Health Ministry for months bet big on a single vaccine, ignoring other producers. David Biller, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Taking cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has likened the virus to little more than a flu, his Health Ministry for months bet big on a single vaccine, ignoring other producers. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Taking cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has likened the virus to little more than a flu, his Health Ministry for months bet big on a single vaccine, ignoring other producers. David Biller, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Taking cues from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has likened the virus to little more than a flu, his Health Ministry for months bet big on a single vaccine, ignoring other producers. NBC News, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bet

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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

History and Etymology for bet

Noun

origin unknown

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19 Sep 2021

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“Bet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bet. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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bet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of bet (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ 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

verb
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.

bet.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of bet.

between

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