wager

noun
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

wager

verb
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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Verb

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

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Steven Levy, Wired, "A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?," 5 Jan. 2021 Giuliani is now the most popular wager on the board. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "What are the Odds That Trump Pardons Himself?," 14 Dec. 2020 Back in July, when 32 teams opened training camp, someone could have found a wager on whether the season would get through a month. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL midseason review: Alex Smith's comeback, Dak Prescott's injury among best, worsts of season so far," 11 Nov. 2020 Joey Galloway joked, referring to the over-under point total wager. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "No. 7 Gators to face No. 6 Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl," 20 Dec. 2020 One British gambler, who has not been publicly identified, reportedly placed a $5 million wager that Trump would serve another term. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Hundreds of millions of dollars pending as betting sites pump brakes on calling election for Biden," 13 Nov. 2020 The identity of the bettor, who placed the wager on October 29, is not known. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Someone in the UK just put down a million-pound bet on Joe Biden," 2 Nov. 2020 For those looking for a potential dark horse, Julian Assange is plus 250: a hundred-dollar wager would net two hundred and fifty. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "What are the Odds That Trump Pardons Himself?," 14 Dec. 2020 In the email, Lightfoot senior adviser and legal counsel Michael Frisch laid out a wager and its stakes. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Did Lori Lightfoot bet on Chicago teachers strike? Email lays out Scotch-and-cigars wager, but mayor and top aide deny bet.," 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The polls typically lean Democratic, while the gaming odds tilt Republican because the gamblers are typically male, well-educated, and often wager on football or basketball (all demographics that lean toward the GOP). Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Georgia Senate races: Data scientist’s final prediction has Democrats taking both seats," 5 Jan. 2021 The contracts allow investors to put down a relatively small sum to wager on the stock market’s direction. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Stocks Surge in Crazy Year for Financial Markets," 1 Jan. 2021 Around the Track Looks like Saturday rains will force the turf races to the main track so wager lightly on those races where there are short fields and unproven form. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Sunday's Fair Grounds races," 19 Dec. 2020 Fans can watch and wager on Laurel Park and the Stronach 5 at 1st.com/bet and xpressbet.com. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Towson, Morgan State welcome football commitments during early signing period," 17 Dec. 2020 Lawyers for the families of four deceased Waterloo workers allege in lawsuits that plant manager Tom Hart organized a buy-in betting pool for supervisors to wager on what percentage of plant workers would test positive for COVID-19. Ryan J. Foley, chicagotribune.com, "Tyson fires 7 Iowa pork plant managers accused of betting on how many workers would get COVID-19," 17 Dec. 2020 According to the lawsuit, the plant manager organized a cash-buy-in, winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager how many plant employees would test positive for COVID-19. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Tyson Foods managers bet how many employees would get COVID, lawsuit says," 19 Nov. 2020 For the first time, bettors could wager on all four major team sports in the third quarter: baseball, basketball, hockey and football. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "It's the 'golden age' of sports betting," 13 Nov. 2020 Fans can watch and wager at the track Friday (free admission) and Saturday ($5; reservations required at canterburypark.com). Star Tribune, "Breeders' Cup preview," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wager

Noun

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

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wager

Noun

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

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The first known use of wager was in the 14th century

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Wager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wager. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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wager

noun
How to pronounce wager (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wager

 (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

wager

verb

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

: to risk losing something (such as money) if your guess about what will happen is wrong
informal used in the phrase I'll wager to indicate what you think will happen or what you believe is probably true

wager

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

Kids Definition of wager

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the act of betting

wager

verb
wagered; wagering

Kids Definition of wager (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bet on the result of a contest or question

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