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

As Trump wagers on a trade war with China and threats of another with Mexico, Pence has been traveling the country trying to build support for a free-trade deal. Washington Post, "While Trump wages trade war, Pence tries to ease GOP anxiety," 13 June 2019 First post at Belmont Park is 11:35 a.m. Advance wagering on the entire Belmont Stakes Day program at Belmont, as well as two two-day double wagers and the two-day Pick 6, will be available at Laurel on Friday. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-area sports new: Laurel Park hosting early post time on Saturday for Belmont," 6 June 2019 The clip showed Holzhauer answering the Final Jeopardy clue about Christopher Marlow correctly but, after a wager of only $1,399, losing to fellow contestant Emma Boettcher, who wagered $20,000 of her $26,801, ending up with $46,801. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Some in Alabama knew early that Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer lost; Who leaked it online?," 5 June 2019 SugarHouse also rewarded some loyal customers, who rewarded the casino right back with losing wagers. Ed Barkowitz, https://www.inquirer.com, "Sports betting: A year later, how did those ceremonial first bets turn out? Not real well.," 4 June 2019 After 32 consecutive wins and $2.46 million in winnings, Holzhauer fell short after making a too modest wager in the game’s final round. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Meet Emma Boettcher, the Woman Who Beat Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer," 4 June 2019 In a 45-minute stretch shortly before the match began, last-minute wagers pouring in moved Sousa and Mayer from roughly 7/9 to 4/9, or from a 56.5 percent chance of winning to 69 percent. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Signs of Possible Match-Fixing in Wimbledon Men’s Doubles," 11 July 2018 One reason Holzhauer was able to win so much money each game was his willingness to place large (by Jeopardy’s usual standards) wagers on Daily Doubles—his average bet was roughly $9,000, nearly triple what Jennings averaged over 33 games. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "How James Holzhauer Finally Lost," 3 June 2019 Sportsbet said 70% of wagers had been placed on Labor at the slender odds of $1.16 to $1.00. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Australia’s leader vows to get back to work after shock win," 19 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And of the male athletes who had gambled on sports, 13 percent had wagered on specific game situations with in-game bets. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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