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

Race 4 at Golden Gate goes as Leg C of the industry low 12% takeout wager. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Los Alamitos starts its L.A. County Fair meet," 6 Sep. 2019 Instead of making multiple, single bets, a parlay bet combines two or more wagers into one bet. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Take a look inside a sports book at one of first Indiana casinos to offer wagering on NFL, NCAA, NBA," 30 Aug. 2019 Options can be used to make directional wagers or hedge portfolios. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Can This Rally Last? Options Traders Say Yes," 26 June 2019 Jones put down a $5 wager for the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl, The News Guard reports, to kick off the first legal sports wagering in the state since 2007, when the NFL parlay game Sports Action ended an 18-year run. oregonlive.com, "Legal sports betting begins in Oregon as Chinook Winds Casino opens wagering lounge," 27 Aug. 2019 Chicago Bears legends Mike Ditka and Devin Hester will place celebratory wagers Sept. 1 to mark the sportsbook's opening, Penn National Gaming said in a press release. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana sports betting: 10 sportsbooks could open next month, mobile still unknown," 19 Aug. 2019 In New Jersey, which legalized sports betting last summer, mobile gaming now makes up nearly 80 percent of all wagers, according to Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "R.I. has turbulent first year of legal sports betting," 18 July 2019 Here are the terms of the wager: If FC Cincinnati wins, Ginther has to send Jeni's gourmet ice cream to Cincinnati's Freestore Bank. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FCC: Cincinnati, Columbus mayors bet Graeter's, Jeni's ice cream on 'Hell is Real' derby," 8 Aug. 2019 The wager could determine whether the season ends with a World Series title or another crushing disappointment. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dustin May could help bring much-needed relief to the Dodgers’ bullpen," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ms Wang estimates that, all told, the money spent on unofficial gambling is at least five times that wagered on the state lottery. The Economist, "The Chinese state manages the world’s second-biggest lottery industry," 29 Aug. 2019 Unikrn does have a venue at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where users can wager on themselves in video game tournaments, similar to poker. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Esport betting platform gets license for video game gambling," 23 Oct. 2018 Alien plants being carbon-based is a bet, but one Snik is willing to wager. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Alien Plant Hunter Taking First Steps on Earth. Next Stop: Jupiter," 22 Aug. 2019 Of the $16,815 bet in the win pool, $14,384 was wagered on Cooper. Bob Roberts, cleveland.com, "Cooper wins again at Northfield; 7th straight for horse that pulled Amish buggies," 22 Aug. 2019 Ikea’s just the latest corporate behemoth to wager on smart home riches, joining Google, Apple, and Amazon. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ikea goes all in on smart home tech," 17 Aug. 2019 In Rhode Island, where the state takes 51 percent of profits from sports gambling, $14.7 million was wagered on sports in June, according to the Providence Journal. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Free of federal restraints for more than a year, Connecticut remains unable to establish regulated sports gambling," 4 Aug. 2019 The second man, Greensboro's former assistant director of the university’s fundraising organization, also admitted to wagering small amounts online on professional and college sports, including at least one on the university’s men’s basketball team. Emily Caron, SI.com, "NCAA Gives UNC Greensboro Three Years of Probation for Sports Wagering," 25 July 2019 Sea Hero was the ninth choice to win the 119th Kentucky Derby, wagering at 12.90-1. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sea Hero, who had been oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, dies at 29," 13 July 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

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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