wa·​ger | \ ˈwā-jər How to pronounce wager (audio) \

Definition of wager

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something (such 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 archaic : an act of giving a pledge to take and abide by the result of some action


wagered; wagering\ ˈwāj-​riŋ , ˈwā-​jə-​ How to pronounce wager (audio) \

Definition of wager (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a bet

transitive verb

: to risk or venture on a final outcome specifically : to lay as a gamble : bet wager $5 on a horse

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wagerer \ ˈwā-​jər-​ər How to pronounce wager (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of wager in a Sentence

Noun He has a wager on the game. I don't think the horse will win. What's your wager? Verb She wagered $50 on the game. I wouldn't wager against them.
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First Known Use of wager


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1602, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wager


Middle English wageour pledge, bet, from Anglo-French wageure, from *wager

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“Wager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wager. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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wa·​ger | \ ˈwā-jər How to pronounce wager (audio) \

Kids Definition of wager

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the act of betting


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Kids Definition of wager (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bet on the result of a contest or question

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