wager

To wager is to bet: you might say to your fellow train passengers, "I'll wager ten dollars that we won't get to Chicago on time."

You can use the word wager as either a noun or a verb, to mean "place a bet" or "the amount of money being risked in a bet." So you could offer a wager at the poker table, or ask if anyone wants to wager on Monday's football game. Either way you use it, wager is a Middle English word that comes from the Old North French wage, "to pledge."

Definitions of wager
  1. noun
    the act of gambling
    synonyms: bet
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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)
  2. noun
    the money risked on a gamble
    synonyms: bet, stake, stakes
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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
  3. verb
    maintain with or as if with a bet
    synonyms: bet
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    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  4. verb
    stake on the outcome of an issue
    synonyms: bet, play
    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
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