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BET

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1.
Black Entertainment Television: a cable television channel.
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British Dictionary definitions for black entertainment television

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 black entertainment television

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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Black Entertainment Television
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