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[bet-id] /ˈbɛt ɪd/
a simple past tense and past participle of bet1 .


[bet] /bɛt/
verb (used with object), bet or betted, betting.
to wager with (something or someone).
verb (used without object), bet or betted, betting.
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
1585-95; perhaps special use of obsolete bet better, in phrase the bet the advantage, i.e., the odds
1. gamble, stake, risk, hazard, venture, chance. Unabridged
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  • Deadun, a horse which will not run or will not try in a race, and against which money may be betted with safety.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The early Greeks betted, as we find in Homers Iliad, b. xxiii.

  • More and more Mr. Will betted with him, and wanted to sell him bargains.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • This feat Cobham had betted a guinea that he would accomplish.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • We were told that 'blood' may always be betted on to win the race; blood that is blue will beat the red hollow.

  • Some one betted the priest that he would not bring an owl into his sermon.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • The king promptly accepted the rash wager, and betted the forest of Pentland Moor.

    The Lure of the Camera Charles S. Olcott
  • Numerous spectators were present to witness the trial, and betted on the feat.

  • "I might have betted after all, and been quite safe," she said.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • If you was to say I betted now you'd say what wasn't true, wouldn't you?

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
British Dictionary definitions for betted


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 agreement: his bet was that the horse would win
a person, event, etc, considered as likely to succeed or occur: it's a good bet that they will succeed
a course of action (esp in the phrase one's best bet)
(informal) an opinion; view: my bet is that you've been up to no good
verb bets, betting, bet, betted
when intr foll by on or against. to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
(transitive) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (informal) to predict (a certain outcome): I bet she fails
(informal) you bet, of course; naturally
Word Origin
C16: probably short for abet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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if bet

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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