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
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n the act of gambling

Synonyms:
bet
Types:
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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:
bet, stake, stakes
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

v maintain with or as if with a bet

Synonyms:
bet
Type of:
anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
make a prediction about; tell in advance

v 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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