wager

[ wey-jer ]
/ ˈweɪ dʒər /

noun

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM wager

wa·ger·er, nounre·wa·ger, verb, nounsu·per·wa·ger, nounun·wa·gered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wager

wager
/ (ˈweɪdʒə) /

noun

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

verb

(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)

Derived forms of wager

wagerer, noun

Word Origin for wager

C14: from Anglo-French wageure a pledge, from Old Northern French wagier to pledge; see wage
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