bet

To bet is to gamble or risk something valuable against an unknown outcome. Poker players bet on each hand, hoping the cards they hold will beat those of the other players.

Sometimes you bet money on a sporting event, wagering on the team you think will win and collecting even more money if it does. It's even more common to bet in a figurative way, saying something like, "I'd be willing to bet that the bus will be late again." The money you risk when you bet is also called a bet. The word probably comes from the now-obsolete noun abet, or "abetment."

Definitions of bet
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v stake on the outcome of an issue

“I bet $100 on that new horse”
Synonyms:
play, wager
play
make bets
Types:
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back, bet on, gage, game, punt, stake
place a bet on
play
make bets
raise
bet more than the previous player
see
match or meet
ante
place one's stake
double up, parlay
stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager
Type of:
gamble
play games for money

v have faith or confidence in

“You can bet on that!”
Synonyms:
calculate, count, depend, look, reckon
Type of:
bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in

v maintain with or as if with a bet

“I bet she will be there!”
Synonyms:
wager
Type of:
anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
make a prediction about; tell in advance

n the act of gambling

“he did it on a bet
Synonyms:
wager
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daily double
a single bet on two horse races in the same day
exacta, perfecta
a bet that you can pick the first and second finishers in the right order
parimutuel
betting where winners share the total amount wagered
parlay
a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers
place bet
a bet that a horse will finish a race no worse than second
superfecta
a bet that you can pick the first four finishers in a race in the right order
Type of:
gambling, gaming, play
the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)

n the money risked on a gamble

Synonyms:
stake, stakes, wager
Types:
jackpot, kitty, pot
the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
ante
(poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot
kitty, pool
the combined stakes of the betters
Type of:
gamble
money that is risked for possible monetary gain

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