Meaning of wager in English:


Pronunciation /ˈweɪdʒə/

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  • 1with object Risk (a sum of money or valued item) against someone else's on the basis of the outcome of an unpredictable event; bet.

    ‘a total of $770,700 was wagered by fans at other sites on the track’
    • ‘I'll wager half my winnings on it’
    • ‘everyone will be able to make single bets, rather than having to wager on three matches’
    • ‘Betting exchanges allow bettors to accept wagers from other bettors at odds that the involved parties determine.’
    • ‘The sites look a lot like real-money sites, but don't accept wagers.’
    • ‘With some arenas holding thousands of spectators, an evolved series of hand gestures between bettors determines wagers.’
    • ‘Minimum wagers on private casino slot machines and table games will be dlrs 500.’
    • ‘Bettors wagered a total of just under $4.6-million nationally on the Ultra Pick Six, Kirchner said.’
    • ‘The established main companies plan to open new outlets to cater for the deluge of cash being wagered by city gamblers.’
    • ‘He also wants to cash in on a bet wagered with the British players.’
    • ‘Swings get wilder for the same overall exposure when bettors vary their wagers.’
    • ‘Dealers sometimes shuffle whenever players greatly increase the size of their wagers.’
    • ‘Punters must lodge funds to cover their wagers before a bet is accepted.’
    • ‘A gambler usually wagers more after taking a loss, in the misguided belief that a run of bad luck increases the probability of a win.’
    • ‘Betting the same amount on all of your wagers is probably the best way to start.’
    • ‘You need to have enough capital, base your wagers on adequate handicapping skills, and bet into the right pools.’
    • ‘This year has seen a great increase in online and telephone betting, which allows people to make wagers 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘If five odds are thrown in a row the casino takes all the money wagered on that spinner.’
    • ‘Finally, Intercasino offers a comp program for returning players whereby they receive points for every $10 wagered in the casino.’
    • ‘The most popular forms of gambling were raffles, state lotteries, friendly wagers, casino gambling and office pools.’
    • ‘In pari-mutuel betting, the odds paid to the winners are based entirely on the amounts wagered by the players.’
    • ‘Betting on football is illegal in Hong Kong, which permits wagers only on horse racing and a numbers game lottery.’
    • ‘They would also be prohibited from accepting wagers from players or coaches involved in a booked college game.’
    bet, gamble, lay a wager, lay a bet, make a bet, place a bet, lay odds, put money on
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  • 2 informal with clause Used to express certainty.

    • ‘I'll wager she makes that trip to Virginia’
    • ‘I'd wager that the results would be better than those achieved through traditional methods’
    be certain, be sure, be convinced, be confident
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  • An act of betting a sum of money on the outcome of an unpredictable event.

    ‘they have made a wager on who will win tonight’
    • ‘Rose placed a wager on a jockey she knew’
    • ‘Ben makes a wager that he can make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days’
    bet, gamble, speculation, venture, game of chance
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Middle English (also in the sense ‘solemn pledge’): from Anglo-Norman French wageure, from wager ‘to wage’.