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wager

[wey-jer]
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noun
  1. something risked or staked on an uncertain event; bet: to place a wager on a soccer match.
  2. the act of betting.
  3. the subject or terms of a bet.
  4. Early English Law. a pledge to make good one's cause by the supporting oaths of others or by battle.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to risk (something) on the outcome of a contest or any uncertain event or matter; bet.
  2. History/Historical. to pledge oneself to (battle) for the decision of a cause.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make or offer a wager; bet.
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Origin of wager

1275–1325; Middle English wajour, wager solemn pledge < Anglo-French wageure, equivalent to wage(r) to pledge (see wage) + -ure -ure
Related formswa·ger·er, nounre·wa·ger, verb, nounsu·per·wa·ger, nounun·wa·gered, adjective

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1. stake, hazard, risk. 5. stake, venture.
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wager

noun
  1. an agreement or pledge to pay an amount of money as a result of the outcome of an unsettled matter
  2. an amount staked on the outcome of such a matter or event
  3. wager of battle (in medieval Britain) a pledge to do battle for a cause, esp to decide guilt or innocence by single combat
  4. wager of law English legal history a form of trial in which the accused offered to make oath of his innocence, supported by the oaths of 11 of his neighbours declaring their belief in his statements
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verb
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to risk or bet (something) on the outcome of an unsettled matter
  2. (tr) history to pledge oneself to (battle)
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Derived Formswagerer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French wageure a pledge, from Old Northern French wagier to pledge; see wage
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Word Origin and History for wager

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French wageure, from Old North French wagier "to pledge" (see wage (n.)).

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v.

c.1600, from wager (n.). Related: Wagered; wagering.

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