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The Definition of - bet (noun)

    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!

Word Example of - bet

    Example Sentences for bet

    I'll bet he wa'n't sorry when Sadie shows up on deck and waves for us to come on.

    I'll bet they don't get through the first case; I'll bet it's a cry.

    Bet almost sang as she accompanied Jenny through the Warrington streets.

    Well, I bet it was—cause she jes' went by here a-sparklin'!'

    Before we could reply he said: “I bet you are the two boys from the Aven.”

    I had a bet on a mule which would have won if the procession had been reversed.

    "I knew it—I'd ha' bet a bar-skin he'd fetch it," cried a third.

    If I ever get the chance to do anything for you in return, you bet I'll do it, no matter what it costs me!

    The player next the blind is the first to declare his bet; in which, of course, he is entirely governed by circumstances.

    But you bet he didn't open his mouth when he seen me lookin'!

Word Origin & History of - bet

    Word Origin & History

    bet 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.