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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 wagered
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  • A few days ago I wagered him a quarter that 133 he could not close his lips and keep them so three minutes.

  • The more they wagered, the more eager I became to try it, if they would not hurry me.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Max and Jack had wagered a quantity of marbles that no girl, not even Gwen Harcourt, would dare to float in the rough old tub.

  • I wagered a hundred guineas with you in the heat of after-dinner talk.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • If he had had ten thousand dollars wagered on the outcome he could not have been more excited.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • When he looked again he saw that he had wagered on the five.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • And she wagered a necktie, I suppose, interrupted Tom with a laugh.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • Money had been wagered and money had been won and there was money to spend and be spent; and they spent it.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • Extraordinary speed is made by these boats, and thousands of dollars are often wagered on races between two or more of them.

British Dictionary definitions for wagered


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 wagered



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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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