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[bet] /bɛt/
verb (used with object), bet or betted, betting.
to wager with (something or someone).
verb (used without object), bet or betted, betting.
to make a wager:
Do you want to bet?
a pledge of a forfeit risked on some uncertain outcome; wager:
Where do we place our bets?
that which is pledged:
a two-dollar bet.
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.
an act or instance of betting:
It's a bet, then?
a person, plan of action, etc., considered as being a good alternative; choice:
Your best bet is to sell your stocks now.
you bet!, Informal. of course! surely!:
You bet I'd like to be there!
1585-95; perhaps special use of obsolete bet better, in phrase the bet the advantage, i.e., the odds
1. gamble, stake, risk, hazard, venture, chance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for betting
  • The betting rounds and layout of community cards are identical.
  • betting on team sports has become an important service industry in many countries.
  • betting exchanges allow consumers to both back and lay at odds of their choice.
  • It is also used in some online gambling sites as a form of novelty betting.
  • He also admitted to betting on reds games, but said that he never bet against the reds.
  • While entirely permissible, excessive late betting will generally garner a warning.
British Dictionary definitions for betting


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
the money or stake risked
the predicted result in such an agreement: his bet was that the horse would win
a person, event, etc, considered as likely to succeed or occur: it's a good bet that they will succeed
a course of action (esp in the phrase one's best bet)
(informal) an opinion; view: my bet is that you've been up to no good
verb bets, betting, bet, betted
when intr foll by on or against. to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
(transitive) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (informal) to predict (a certain outcome): I bet she fails
(informal) you bet, of course; naturally
Word Origin
C16: probably short for abet
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Word Origin and History for betting


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