[ bet ]
/ bɛt /
verb (used with object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
to wager with (something or someone).
verb (used without object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
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.
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Idioms for bet
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
Definition for bet (2 of 4)
[ beyt; bet ]
/ beɪt; bɛt /
Definition for bet (3 of 4)
Black Entertainment Television: a cable television channel.
Definition for bet (4 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for bet
/ (bɛt) /
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
verb bets, betting, bet or betted
(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 for bet
C16: probably short for abet
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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
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