- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for bet on Thesaurus.com
- Black Entertainment Television: a cable television channel.
Examples from the Web for 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.
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.
- 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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with bet
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