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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Other Words from wager

Verb

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

Synonyms for wager

Synonyms: Noun

bet, stake

Synonyms: Verb

bet, gamble, go, lay, play, put, stake

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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 February alone, gamblers placed about $20.7 million in wagers and the casinos paid nearly $21.6 million on winning bets, for a $900,000 loss. Jennifer Mcdermott, The Seattle Times, "Sports betting revenue projection was $11.5M. So far? $150K," 29 Mar. 2019 Maybe wagers on events involving state athletic teams should be prohibited. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Proceed Carefully, But Connecticut Is Ready For Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 Meanwhile, several states are rushing toward legalization, with some hoping to allow wagers within a few weeks. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. gaming board chair says states should oversee sports bets," 23 May 2018 Casinos, race tracks, daily fantasy sports companies and others are itching to offer bets in person and online after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states could begin allowing wagers. Wayne Parry, chicagotribune.com, "Gambling, tech firms scramble for foothold in sports betting," 17 May 2018 The rule specifically stopped championship events from taking place in states that allowed single-game wagers, which as of now is still only Nevada. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "NCAA Will Host Championships in States That Permit Sports Gambling," 17 May 2018 In a victory for the state of New Jersey and a setback for professional sports leagues, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that bars states from allowing wagers on games. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Supreme Court Bet Ruling a Win for Fan Duel, a Loss for Leagues," 14 May 2018 Congress passed the 1992 law in response to concerns that a growing number of states wanted to allow sports wagers. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Supreme Court Ruling for New Jersey Opens Door to Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 Hermin Soriano, a food server at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, placed a $300 wager on the Knights at 100-1 and a $100 bet on a mobile betting platform at the same odds in October. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Golden Betting Slips for the Golden Knights," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This year, 40 million people will wager $4.6 billion on 149 million brackets in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, according to estimates by the American Gaming Association. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Here’s Why You’ll Never Pick a Perfect NCAA Bracket," 29 Mar. 2019 At the end of 2018, the team here at Vogue Runway wagered on a bold prediction for the year to come: That somehow, in some way, Martin Margiela would return to fashion. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Elusive No More, Martin Margiela Will Judge This Year’s ANDAM Prize," 20 Mar. 2019 Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on the results of a single game, though the law doesn't cover wagering between friends. Fox News, "Supreme Court rules states can legalize sports betting, strikes down anti-gambling law," 14 May 2018 In order to win $100, someone wagering on the Red Sox to win on Friday would have had to put down $380. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Why Hammel's struggles — including in a 10-5 loss — come at a bad time for the Royals," 6 July 2018 But wagering on the outcome of political elections would not be allowed. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Sports, yes. Elections, no. Mississippi unveils sports betting rules: report," 17 May 2018 Patrons will be able to watch and wager on the 144th Kentucky Derby via twinspires.com. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Hanford Dixon named honorary chairman of Black and Gold Derby Party," 18 Apr. 2018 Third-party sites that allow users to wager money or in-game items for a chance at earning better items. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "15 countries and one US state team up to fight gambling in video games," 17 Sep. 2018 The 1992 law had barred gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports with some exceptions, like allowing people to wager on a single game only in Nevada. Fox News, "Supreme Court rules states can legalize sports betting, strikes down anti-gambling law," 14 May 2018

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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

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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