- 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
Synonyms for wager
Related Words for wageredbet, speculate, gamble, play, plunge, hunch, pledge, challenge, pot, stake, hazard, action, flyer, venture, ante, handle, hedge, parlay, chunk, risk
Examples from the Web for wagered
Contemporary Examples of wagered
Bettors placed over $9 million on California Chrome, the most wagered on any single horse to win the Belmont Stakes.Why California Chrome’s Fairy Tale Didn’t End Happily Ever After
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of wagered
A tall, lean one wagered a bottle of wine that Goujet would be beaten.L'Assommoir
I wagered a hundred guineas with you in the heat of after-dinner talk.David Elginbrod
When he looked again he saw that he had wagered on the five.Riders of the Silences
The more they wagered, the more eager I became to try it, if they would not hurry me.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
Our marriage was a wager; you wagered you could live with me.
- 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 for wager
c.1600, from wager (n.). Related: Wagered; wagering.
c.1300, from Anglo-French wageure, from Old North French wagier "to pledge" (see wage (n.)).