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What does bet mean?

You're using Dictionary.com to look up something you don't know? Bet! Bet is a slang term of affirmation, agreement, or approval along the lines of "Cool!" or "I'm down!" It can also suggest doubt or disbelief: "Yeah, sure."

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dope, OG, I know!, yes ma'am, Roger that, ight, clutch

Where does bet come from?

The slang bet appears to come from the everyday word bet, “a wager” or “to risk something of value.” By the 1850s, we were saying You bet! as an affirmative exclamation with the sense of “Indeed!” This expression has the underlying notion of You can bet that it is so or That’s a bet.

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The slang bet is evidenced by the 1990s, recorded in a collection of campus slang (and likely popularized by Black popular culture). It was an early entry on Urban Dictionary in 2003–04. It’s typically used as an exclamation: “Bet!” That has the sense of “Excellent!” or, to draw on a similar slang expression, “Word!”

Examples of bet

Friends: let’s go out tonight?! / Me: Bet, I’m down / Bank Account:
@glocam_, September 2018
my response to difficult things isnt going to be “i dont know if i can” or “im not ready” anymore. from now on, its “aight, bet”, and im facing the challenge head on.
@zoorah_, October 2018

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Who uses bet?

Bet is generally used as an exclamation with the force of an excited “OK!” For instance, if your friend asks, You want to check out that new taco place tonight?, you could answer, OK. Bet. Sounds good.

In some instances, bet can suggest doubt, with a sarcastic tone. For example, if a friend touts, I’m going to be a billionaire by the time I’m 30, you might answer, OK. Bet. This bet would appear to be short for an ironic Oh, I bet you will. It can also express a kind of judging bewilderment, à la OK, this is how it’s going to be now?!

It’s also worth noting that BET is an acronym for Black Entertainment Television. Pioneered by Robert L. Johnson, the BET cable network premiered in the 1980 and has been a major influence in black music, news, comedy, and culture ever since.

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