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wager

[wey-jer] /ˈweɪ dʒər/
noun
1.
something risked or staked on an uncertain event; bet:
to place a wager on a soccer match.
2.
the act of betting.
3.
the subject or terms of a bet.
4.
Early English Law. a pledge to make good one's cause by the supporting oaths of others or by battle.
verb (used with object)
5.
to risk (something) on the outcome of a contest or any uncertain event or matter; bet.
6.
History/Historical. to pledge oneself to (battle) for the decision of a cause.
verb (used without object)
7.
to make or offer a wager; bet.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English wajour, wager solemn pledge < Anglo-French wageure, equivalent to wage(r) to pledge (see wage) + -ure -ure
Related forms
wagerer, noun
rewager, verb, noun
superwager, noun
unwagered, adjective
Synonyms
1. stake, hazard, risk. 5. stake, venture.
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British Dictionary definitions for rewager

wager

/ˈweɪdʒə/
noun
1.
an agreement or pledge to pay an amount of money as a result of the outcome of an unsettled matter
2.
an amount staked on the outcome of such a matter or event
3.
wager of battle, (in medieval Britain) a pledge to do battle for a cause, esp to decide guilt or innocence by single combat
4.
(English legal history) wager of law, 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
verb
5.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to risk or bet (something) on the outcome of an unsettled matter
6.
(transitive) (history) to pledge oneself to (battle)
Derived Forms
wagerer, noun
Word Origin
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 rewager

wager

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French wageure, from Old North French wagier "to pledge" (see wage (n.)).

v.

c.1600, from wager (n.). Related: Wagered; wagering.

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