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wager

noun wa·ger \ ˈwā-jər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of wager

1 a :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

Examples of wager in a Sentence

  1. He has a wager on the game.

  2. I don't think the horse will win. What's your wager?

Recent Examples of wager from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of wager

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

wager Synonyms

Synonyms
stake, bet
Related Words
collateral; handle, jackpot, kitty, pool, pot

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wager

verb

Definition of wager

wagered; wagering play \ˈwāj-riŋ, ˈwā-jə-\
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

wagerer

play \ˈwā-jər-ər\ noun

Examples of wager in a Sentence

  1. She wagered $50 on the game.

  2. I wouldn't wager against them.

Recent Examples of wager from the Web

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First Known Use of wager

1602

wager Synonyms



WAGER Defined for English Language Learners

wager

noun

Definition of wager 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


wager

verb

Definition of wager for English Language Learners

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

  • —used in the phrase I'll wager to indicate what you think will happen or what you believe is probably true


WAGER Defined for Kids

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wager

noun wa·ger \ ˈwā-jər \

Definition of wager for Students

1 :1bet 2
2 :the act of betting

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wager

verb

Definition of wager for Students

wagered; wagering
:to bet on the result of a contest or question


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