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
  1. verb
    stake on the outcome of an issue
    “I bet $100 on that new horse”
    synonyms: play, wager
    play
    make bets
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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
  2. verb
    have faith or confidence in
    “You can bet on that!”
    synonyms: calculate, count, depend, look, reckon
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    bank, rely, swear, trust
    have confidence or faith in
  3. verb
    maintain with or as if with a bet
    “I bet she will be there!”
    synonyms: wager
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    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  4. noun
    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)
  5. noun
    the money risked on a gamble
    synonyms: stake, stakes, wager
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    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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