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

Under a 3-to-2 payout, someone who placed a wager of $50 and is dealt a blackjack would be paid $75, while under a 6-to-5 payout, the gambler would be paid $60. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Class-action suit alleges Encore Boston Harbor cheats gamblers," 15 July 2019 District residents and visitors may be able to legally place sports wagers at arenas and local businesses as early as this fall. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. Council approves no-bid sports gambling contract," 9 July 2019 Holzhauer, who won 32 straight games on Jeopardy! and a total of $2,462,216 in earnings, often placed wagers on Daily Doubles using numbers that represented an important date to him. Jenna West, SI.com, "'Jeopardy!' Champ James Holzhauer Honors Alex Trebek With Cancer Walk Donation," 20 June 2019 Some firms place wagers on the index changes months in advance. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Uber and Other IPOs Set for an Index Bounce," 14 June 2019 Fans can currently place wagers in eight states after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a year ago that states were free to legalize sports betting, ending Nevada's monopoly. Regina Garcia Cano, chicagotribune.com, "NBA, MLB using data to chase better deals with sportsbooks," 8 June 2019 For now, no — gamblers will need to physically be in New Jersey (or any other state that moves to legalize sports betting) to place a wager. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "A Sports Gambling Ban Was Overturned, but Can You Bet on Tonight’s Game?," 14 May 2018 Così fan tutte places a wager on the weakness of women, but actually represents the romantic callousness of men: Ferrando and Guglielmo cannot prove the women’s infidelity without being unfaithful themselves. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "‘Così’ in Coney," 27 Mar. 2018 Another Patriots season is set to start without Massachusetts allowing legal wagers, a year after the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to have sports betting — while a dozen other states, including Rhode Island, have charged ahead. Victoria Mcgrane, BostonGlobe.com, "Once again, Mass. is one of the last states not to have a budget," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Pick 6 will start in the second race and with the new money expected to be wagered into the Pick 6, the total pool could be around $30,000. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Racing! Are you still on holiday today?," 5 July 2019 For decades, the fronton was a popular spot to watch and wager on professional matches. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole talks to Lynx, Jai-Alai fronton owner about moving busy bus stop to make way for redevelopment," 5 July 2019 But betting on oneself on a small scale (One Up offers the opportunity to wager between $5 and $5,000 on a single game of Madden, 2K or FIFA) is relatively uncharted territory. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "You Can Bet on Yourself in Madden and 2K," 1 July 2019 That’s a lot of money to wager that your unicorn will come in. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 The inversion can signal that investors are buying VIX futures contracts to wager that volatility will rise or stay elevated. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Volatility Signal Flashes Red, Even as Stocks Rebound," 8 Jan. 2019 Boettcher, who led going into the round, bet big, wagering $20,201, and finished the victor with $46,801. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "James Holzhauer names his favorite (albeit wrong) conspiracy theory about 'Jeopardy!' loss," 3 June 2019 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

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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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