verb (used with object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
verb (used without object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
Origin of bet1
Synonyms for bet
Related Words for betpledge, risk, stake, chance, venture, speculation, wager, odds, speculate, raffle, play, plunge, lottery, pot, uncertainty, hazard, action, lot, ante, shot
Examples from the Web for bet
Contemporary Examples of bet
And when BET Weekend came to Atlanta two months ago, Brinsley thought he could become a major party promoter.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
The kerfuffle began with a £200 bet, followed by several smaller bets in quick succession.Could The Queen Abdicate on Christmas Day?
December 17, 2014
This meant that Palestinian taxi drivers had to drive through the Israeli settlement of Bet El.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue
November 19, 2014
This was not a musical performance, per se, but you bet your ass this was a “performance”—albeit a well-intentioned and noble one.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments
August 25, 2014
We have to bet on ourselves,” he says, “and become part of the solution.
Historical Examples of bet
This here fellow, now, couldn't make an honest livin' like that, I bet you.
You bet Mr. Arledge would 'a' got my decision right hot off the griddle.
I'll bet England never knew the Revolution was a-goin' on till it was over.In the Midst of Alarms
He fought his way back to the open of the paddock without making a bet.
I'll just re-enter that bet to the Little Woman while I think of it.
verb bets, betting, bet or betted
Word Origin for bet
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bet
- bet one's ass
- bet on the wrong horse
- back (bet on) the wrong horse
- hedge one's bets
- you bet your ass