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[bet] /bɛt/
verb (used with object), bet or betted, betting.
1.
to wager with (something or someone).
verb (used without object), bet or betted, betting.
2.
to make a wager:
Do you want to bet?
noun
3.
a pledge of a forfeit risked on some uncertain outcome; wager:
Where do we place our bets?
4.
that which is pledged:
a two-dollar bet.
5.
something that is bet on, as a competitor in a sporting event or a number in a lottery:
That horse looks like a good bet.
6.
an act or instance of betting:
It's a bet, then?
7.
a person, plan of action, etc., considered as being a good alternative; choice:
Your best bet is to sell your stocks now.
Idioms
8.
you bet!, Informal. of course! surely!:
You bet I'd like to be there!
Origin of bet1
1585-1595
1585-95; perhaps special use of obsolete bet better, in phrase the bet the advantage, i.e., the odds
Synonyms
1. gamble, stake, risk, hazard, venture, chance.

bet2

[beyt; bet] /beɪt; bɛt/
noun
1.
beth.

BET

Trademark.
1.
Black Entertainment Television: a cable television channel.

bet.

1.
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Examples from the Web for bet
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  • I'll bet he wa'n't sorry when Sadie shows up on deck and waves for us to come on.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • This here fellow, now, couldn't make an honest livin' like that, I bet you.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • bet almost sang as she accompanied Jenny through the Warrington streets.

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
  • I'll bet money she done it just t' rasp his feelin's—and she sure succeeded.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Before we could reply he said: “I bet you are the two boys from the Aven.”

British Dictionary definitions for bet

bet

/bɛt/
noun
1.
an agreement between two parties that a sum of money or other stake will be paid by the loser to the party who correctly predicts the outcome of an event
2.
the money or stake risked
3.
the predicted result in such an agreement: his bet was that the horse would win
4.
a person, event, etc, considered as likely to succeed or occur: it's a good bet that they will succeed
5.
a course of action (esp in the phrase one's best bet)
6.
(informal) an opinion; view: my bet is that you've been up to no good
verb bets, betting, bet, betted
7.
when intr foll by on or against. to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
8.
(transitive) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
9.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (informal) to predict (a certain outcome): I bet she fails
10.
(informal) you bet, of course; naturally
Word Origin
C16: probably short for abet
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Word Origin and History for bet

1590s, as both a verb and noun, in the argot of petty criminals, of unknown origin; probably a shortening of abet or else from obsolete beet "to make good," from Old English bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from Proto-Germanic *baitjanan, in which case the verb would be the original. The original notion is perhaps "to improve" a contest by wagering on it, or it is from the "bait" sense in abet. Used since 1852 in various American English slang assertions (cf. you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bet

bet

Related Terms

if bet

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for bet

BET

Black Entertainment Television

bet.

between
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