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The Definition of - betting (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 - betting

    Example Sentences for betting

    He was one of the most88 popular boys of the Indiana town, and the betting was strongly in his favor.

    But I was betting that you'd ask me before I counted twenty.

    But it was like "betting on a certainty," which is one of the few things that's dull and dishonest at the same time.

    "I made certain he'd come to grief over that betting," he said.

    The betting now was only three to one, for the Wilson champion had held his own much better than had been expected.

    The betting has been in favour of the Hibernia, and she has again beaten her great rival.

    Life and Death were playing stakes for his soul with the betting odds about even.

    She did not know that cheating at cards was worse than betting at horse-races.

    Necessarily, the Atlantic custom of betting on the ship's run is not a custom here—nobody ever mentions it.

    After the cards have been dealt the betting before the draw begins.

Word Origin & History of - betting

    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.