- 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
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1. stake, hazard, risk. 5. stake, venture.
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Examples from the Web for 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
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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)
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 wagered
c.1600, from wager (n.). Related: Wagered; wagering.
c.1300, from Anglo-French wageure, from Old North French wagier "to pledge" (see wage (n.)).
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