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1 [bet]
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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bet (bɛt)
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
vb (when intr foll by on or against) , bets, betting, bet, betted
7.  to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
8.  (tr) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
9.  informal (tr; may take a clause as object) to predict (a certain outcome): I bet she fails
10.  informal you bet of course; naturally
[C16: probably short for abet]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, in the argot of petty criminals; probably aphetic of abet, or from obsolete beet "to make good," from O.E. bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from P.Gmc. *baitjanan. 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 Amer.Eng. slang assertions (cf. you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.
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