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[wey-jer] /ˈweɪ dʒər/
something risked or staked on an uncertain event; bet:
to place a wager on a soccer match.
the act of betting.
the subject or terms of a bet.
Early English Law. a pledge to make good one's cause by the supporting oaths of others or by battle.
verb (used with object)
to risk (something) on the outcome of a contest or any uncertain event or matter; bet.
History/Historical. to pledge oneself to (battle) for the decision of a cause.
verb (used without object)
to make or offer a wager; bet.
Origin of wager
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
1. stake, hazard, risk. 5. stake, venture. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wager
  • Bookie makes his money either way and it is the betters who take the bath in the end if they continue to wager.
  • Users are not required to wager any money when they sign up, but the serious ones do.
  • Many in the industry wager the firm will not be able to raise another fund.
  • As the seconds tick by, a counter at the top of the screen shows a steadily increasing wager.
  • For much of the past decade, barring the odd tiff, the wager worked.
  • It's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee, a sort of wager on my part.
  • Those are bingo-night stakes, but more in the spirit of such bets than the mayors' wager, which involves trading service projects.
  • Most important of all, however, is the wager with the reader introduced in the first line.
  • There's a quality of the writing that makes an all-or-nothing wager.
  • With regard to your claim that higher wager earners use more public resources.
British Dictionary definitions for wager


an agreement or pledge to pay an amount of money as a result of the outcome of an unsettled matter
an amount staked on the outcome of such a matter or event
wager of battle, (in medieval Britain) a pledge to do battle for a cause, esp to decide guilt or innocence by single combat
(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
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to risk or bet (something) on the outcome of an unsettled matter
(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 wager

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


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

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