- a simple past tense and past participle of bet1.
- to wager with (something or someone).
- to make a wager: Do you want to bet?
- a pledge of a forfeit risked on some uncertain outcome; wager: Where do we place our bets?
- that which is pledged: a two-dollar bet.
- something that is bet on, as a competitor in a sporting event or a number in a lottery: That horse looks like a good bet.
- an act or instance of betting: It's a bet, then?
- a person, plan of action, etc., considered as being a good alternative; choice: Your best bet is to sell your stocks now.
- you bet! Informal. of course! surely!: You bet I'd like to be there!
Origin of bet1
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Examples from the Web for betted
I never thought he had played, but he never says he has not betted.'The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
The devil, probably, would have betted on Jack's saying "No."Scarlet and Hyssop
E. F. Benson
"I'd have betted he'd reconcile his conscience all right," smiled Arthur.A Young Man's Year
The Regents Park might be betted to a mole-hill with safety that she has no parallel.The True History of Tom and Jerry
He betted her 5,000 that he would not be made a bishop, and he lost, and paid her.The Impeachment of The House of Brunswick
- an agreement between two parties that a sum of money or other stake will be paid by the loser to the party who correctly predicts the outcome of an event
- the money or stake risked
- the predicted result in such an agreementhis bet was that the horse would win
- a person, event, etc, considered as likely to succeed or occurit's a good bet that they will succeed
- a course of action (esp in the phrase one's best bet)
- informal an opinion; viewmy bet is that you've been up to no good
- (when intr foll by on or against) to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
- (tr) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
- (tr; may take a clause as object) informal to predict (a certain outcome)I bet she fails
- you bet informal of course; naturally
Word Origin and History for betted
1590s, as both a verb and noun, in the argot of petty criminals, of unknown origin; probably a shortening of abet or else from obsolete beet "to make good," from Old English bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from Proto-Germanic *baitjanan, in which case the verb would be the original. The original notion is perhaps "to improve" a contest by wagering on it, or it is from the "bait" sense in abet. Used since 1852 in various American English slang assertions (cf. you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.