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 How to pronounce wagering (audio) , ˈwā-​jə-​ \

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 wagerer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for wager

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 Despite its name, one of the currency fund’s losing bets was a wager that U.S. stocks would fall this year, according to people familiar with the matter. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Star Hedge-Fund Manager Suffers Rare Setback," 23 Oct. 2018 Such friendly wagers at an outing may be part of the price of going to a game with your buddies. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois has lost the bet for our future, and now might have to sell off Lincoln memorabilia to cover the debt," 16 May 2018 Aldrich apparently had a wager with his Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Tyus Jones. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Joel Embiid, Cole Aldrich apparently won bets with teammates who went to Duke | The Kansas City Star," 27 Mar. 2018 The renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died today at 76, was something of a betting man, regularly entering into friendly wagers with his colleagues over key questions in theoretical physics. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Why Stephen Hawking’s Black Hole Puzzle Keeps Puzzling," 14 Mar. 2018 The Indiana Gaming Commission has approved the Horseshoe Hammond casino to start taking wagers Wednesday. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 While Amazon has vowed that it'll be better prepared when Prime Day kicks off on Monday, pessimists will find an outlet for their skepticism: an online bettor that's taking wagers on whether the site will once again go down. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: Now you can bet on a site outage," 12 July 2019 Still, several analysts warned that the recent stock rally could be quickly derailed—and make these wagers unprofitable. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Can This Rally Last? Options Traders Say Yes," 26 June 2019 The Maryland Jockey Club will introduce a $2 quinella wager on Friday’s ninth-race finale, a starter optional claimer for fillies and mares 3 and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on Laurel’s turf course, which attracted 11 entries. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Poly’s Marquise O’Neal named Ravens High School Coach of the Week," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb NBC Sports Chicago is blowing up its patchwork afternoon programming, becoming the latest media outlet to court gamblers and test their appetite for content in the aftermath of sports wagering’s widespread legalization in Illinois and elsewhere. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "NBC Sports Chicago commits 4 hours each weekday to a gambling and fantasy sports show," 1 Aug. 2019 Punters at PredictIt, a website where users can wager on political events, give Mr Trump a roughly 50-50 shot of victory next year. The Economist, "When to pay attention to 2020 forecasts," 26 July 2019 Seven other states — including New Hampshire — have legalized sports wagering this year. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "R.I. has turbulent first year of legal sports betting," 18 July 2019 Spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyt said in a statement that Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began offering sports wagering Monday morning and will allow gamblers to bet on games ranging from professional football and college basketball to cricket and rugby. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The more detailed amendment language, however, is silent on sports wagering, mentioning table games and slot machines as being included, and specifically excluding bingo and horse racing from that section of the law. Rich Exner & Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Sports wagering could be heading to Ohio after Supreme Court ruling," 14 May 2018 The rules prohibit student-athletes and university administrators from wagering on sports or providing information to those who do. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "NCAA wont implement football injury reports this season: Buckeye Breakfast," 8 Aug. 2019 The color of the liquid dumped on the winning coach is one of the more entertaining props wagered on during the big game, and Lorenzen did his best to give his friends an edge. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Jared Lorenzen tried to give his friends edge on prop bet during 2007 Super Bowl vs. Patriots," 10 July 2019 According to The Action Network, 68 percent of betting tickets and 81 percent of money wagered had backed the under. Christopher Smith, al, "Sharp bettors hammer Auburn-Oregon under," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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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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