Definition of wager in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwājər/ /ˈweɪdʒər/


  • 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’
    no object ‘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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  • 2informal 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’.



/ˈwājər/ /ˈweɪdʒər/