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: a race or contest in which the entire prize may be awarded to the winner
: stakes race
: contest, competition
: any of various lotteries
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1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle English swepestake one who wins all the stakes in a game, from swepen to sweep + stake
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: a race or contest in which the winner receives all the prize money
: a contest in which money or prizes are given to winners picked by chance (as by drawing names)
Sweepstakes can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.
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