- something risked or staked on an uncertain event; bet: to place a wager on a soccer match.
- the act of betting.
- the subject or terms of a bet.
- Early English Law. a pledge to make good one's cause by the supporting oaths of others or by battle.
- to risk (something) on the outcome of a contest or any uncertain event or matter; bet.
- History/Historical. to pledge oneself to (battle) for the decision of a cause.
- to make or offer a wager; bet.
Origin of wager
SynonymsSee more synonyms for wager on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for wager
Since Nestdrop continues to do so as of this writing, they wager a tense gamble that the odds will be in their favor.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
He developed a heuristic for betting on Daily Doubles (which resulted in a wager of $5, the minimum allowed).How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate
February 21, 2014
A messenger bettor is a person who places a wager for the benefit of another for compensation.Las Vegas Betting Scandal Earns $5.5 Million Fine but the Boss Walks
John L. Smith
January 21, 2014
It seems incongruous that such a self-styled truth teller should wager his liberty on a godfather like Correa.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
June 26, 2013
Nilai, I saw his score, I knew he could and would try to wager and get ahead of me.Teen ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Leonard Cooper on His Big $75,000 Win
February 19, 2013
"I wanted to speak about that wager on Diablo," began Crane.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I'll wager your mother would agree with me," suggested Linda.Her Father's Daughter
Although I have lost my wager, he hath not yet lost the first prize.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
I have gone ten foot, in a circ'lar di-rection, but that was for a wager.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I wager that for this you would think me too an orator of a hundred parts.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- an agreement or pledge to pay an amount of money as a result of the outcome of an unsettled matter
- an amount staked on the outcome of such a matter or event
- wager of battle (in medieval Britain) a pledge to do battle for a cause, esp to decide guilt or innocence by single combat
- 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
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to risk or bet (something) on the outcome of an unsettled matter
- (tr) history to pledge oneself to (battle)
Word Origin and History for wager
c.1300, from Anglo-French wageure, from Old North French wagier "to pledge" (see wage (n.)).
c.1600, from wager (n.). Related: Wagered; wagering.