Definition of bet in English:

bet

verb

  • 1no object Risk something, usually a sum of money, against someone else's on the basis of the outcome of a future event, such as the result of a race or game.

    with clause ‘I would be prepared to bet that what he really wanted was to settle down’
    with object ‘most people would bet their life savings on this prospect’
    ‘betting on horses’
    • ‘The problem is that it is a lot easier and faster to log on to a gambling web site or do off-site betting on track races than to go to an amusement park.’
    • ‘The Racing Act was amended to provide for cross-species wagering - betting on greyhound races at horse tracks and vice versa.’
    • ‘Those people who had lost all their money betting on horses and also had a disposition to think, felt it was a better to solve the problem by pure thought, and looked down on those who owned the horses or bet on them.’
    • ‘Perhaps there are not enough players betting on the dog races to create a pool large enough to pay off the winners.’
    • ‘Spread betting involves betting on the outcome of a financial or sporting event based on a ‘spread’ quoted by the bookmaker.’
    • ‘The losing trialist also scored a hefty reward, from betting on himself to win his heat and se mi-final as well as from the money he was allowed to bet on the race winner at long odds.’
    • ‘Now we have installment two, I did bet on baseball, but I didn't bet against the team I was managing.’
    • ‘Prosecutors said he also ran an illegal gambling operation that bet on professional baseball games.’
    • ‘Users can enjoy free online gambling, betting on important games and events, but the money you win or lose are virtual, to remind you there is a difference between the real world and the web.’
    • ‘Bettors deposit money in advance with the OTB and then call when they want to bet on a horse race.’
    • ‘The polls as I write make it a mug's game to bet on the outcome of the presidential election.’
    • ‘Chances are you can find an Internet bookmaker who will accept your bet on the outcome.’
    • ‘Since betting on cricket is now passe, there should be fresh avenues to explore.’
    • ‘Under the betting ordinance, Hong Kong punters can bet on overseas races, but they must be part of a local racing programme.’
    • ‘Last year, there was a strong push to ban betting on college games in our Nevada sports books.’
    • ‘The machines work and look like slot machines but allow fans to use handicapping skills in betting on races at a variety of tracks about every three minutes.’
    • ‘Bookmakers call a halt to betting on races at Cheltenham.’
    • ‘Australia was clearly established as a global leader, providing both virtual gaming and internet betting on sports and races.’
    • ‘Under Michigan rules, jockeys may bet on races they ride as long as their wagers are placed through the owner or trainer of their mounts.’
    • ‘Your free bet will be your first bet on the game after the start of the second half.’
    wager, gamble, stake, risk, venture, hazard, chance, lay down, put, place
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    1. 1.1with object and clause Risk a sum of money against (someone) on the outcome or happening of a future event.
      with two objects ‘I'll bet you $15 you won't find a single scratch’
      • ‘So I’ve posted an offer there to bet him $200.’
      • ‘I bet him a dollar he will buy an iPhone.’
      • ‘This guy's friends have all bet him $40 that he cant jump from one dock to the other.’
      • ‘Someone bet me $14000 I wouldn't go.’
      • ‘Giles was so confident in his boast, that he actually bet us money that he was right.’
      • ‘She bets him $50 that she won't backslide into her relationship with David.’
      • ‘A tough guy told me, "I'll bet you $10 you're dead."’
      • ‘Even though Doug bet her a foot rub that owls existed.’
      • ‘I bet him $10 he can't cure the hardest kind of a cold in two days.’
      • ‘They once bet him $20,000 he would have a child by the time he turned 40.’
      • ‘I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf.’
      • ‘I praised him to encourage him, but then wished I hadn't when he bet me his pocket money that he could beat me.’
      • ‘I bet him $100000 that by 10:00 this morning I'd have the president of the Chase Manhattan bank fired.’
      • ‘The excited banker then declared that he would bet him two million rubles that he wouldn't stay in solitary confinement for five years.’
      • ‘We bet Him 5$he would drown.’
      • ‘I offered to bet them $1,000 that their product wouldn't actually match those statistics in a Network World test.’
      • ‘But at this point I will bet you a substantial sum of money.’
      • ‘Instead, Max bets her $50 that the plot won't work.’
      • ‘A discussion ensues on friendship and she bets him the vase that he can’t produce “a best friend” in ten days.’
  • 2informal with clause Feel sure.

    ‘I bet this place is really spooky late at night’
    ‘he'll be surprised to see me, I'll bet’
    • ‘‘I bet that's a decoy car,’ says one local authoritatively.’
    • ‘And when you do get paid, I'll bet you and your money go straight to the ale house!’
    • ‘I bet that you won't even call me after two weeks, " he said.’
    • ‘You have to love that last line. I bet that defense goes over REAL big at their war crime trials.’
    • ‘I'm still looking for the ‘attentive hens’ piece, I bet that's a blockbuster.’
    • ‘I bet that almost every single president has liked reading history.’
    • ‘‘I bet that's the way to the cake shop,’ someone said.’
    • ‘I bet that Belgian's going to get into trouble with the Mini Owner's Association…’
    • ‘I bet that burns more calories than his exercise equipment.’
    • ‘I bet that would pass, because who wants to pay taxes?’
    • ‘I bet that was a genuine coffee stain on your sweater too!’
    • ‘I bet that some of them are inspired to take classes and become graphic designers…’
    • ‘And I bet that the writing was the most exciting thing he ever did in his busy life.’
    • ‘I bet that any second now, he'll start to stamp his feet.’
    • ‘I bet that idea would make a lot of property developers very happy, from their luxury homes in Port Douglas…’
    • ‘In the final analysis, I bet that pay-for-play won't work.’
    • ‘Their web site claims $250 / month, but I bet that depends on a lot of factors.’
    • ‘I bet that was hard to follow without binoculars.’
    • ‘‘I bet that was my shotgun you used to shoot that phone booth,’ the letter said.’
    • ‘I bet that happens with almost every interview.’
    be certain, be sure, be convinced, be confident
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noun

  • 1An act of risking a sum of money on the outcome of a future event.

    ‘every Saturday she had a bet on the horses’
    • ‘While at Wednesday, he and two team-mates placed a bet on a match against Ipswich, which eventually led to jail terms and life bans from the game.’
    • ‘A quinella is a bet on the first two horses; it is not, as some people believe, a Mexican cheese pie.’
    • ‘These days, rodeos are more than simply the locals having a laugh and a bet on whether someone can stay on a bucking bull.’
    • ‘We made a bet on whether or not you would get jealous and the only way to prove it was to make you believe we were a couple.’
    • ‘Among his solutions is ‘livelihood insurance,’ or policies that pay off if a bet on a pioneering career fails to work out.’
    • ‘Seven years ago I wouldn't have wagered a bet on him still playing rugby at the age of 30.’
    • ‘We'll put a bet on it now and I'll come back next year and see how you're doing.’
    • ‘When he agrees to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge for a bet, it is only because a dummy will be substituted at the crucial moment.’
    • ‘When I first arrived at Aubergine eight years ago the three of them had a bet on how long I'd last (women chefs are rare).’
    • ‘Consequently, you take only a small position with a hedge, because it's a bet on what you think won't happen.’
    • ‘Why wouldn't you make a bet on the fact that oil's only going to become more expensive?’
    • ‘And I hope that both of them are brave enough to make a bet on the market system, creating a context for growth rather than a plan for development.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, he added that he was so certain that someone alive today will still be alive in 2150, he had placed a bet on it with a friend.’
    • ‘Thinking of putting a bet on who will win the Rose of Tralee?’
    • ‘For once-a-year punters who do not want to go to a betting shop, placing a bet on the world's most famous steeplechase can be done from the comfort of an armchair these days.’
    • ‘A senior manager at a trucking firm in Australia liked a bet on the horses.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that you should expect to be out of pocket whenever you gamble lots of people still fancy a flutter on the horses, a bet on the dogs or a punt on the occasional football match.’
    • ‘Just take all the money in your bank account and place a bet on India winning the Miss World title again.’
    • ‘Anecdotal evidence from bookkeeping chains confirms that a new demographic is emerging, as is a new way of betting - for example, placing a bet on who will score the next goal is becoming common.’
    • ‘Well, if you want to make a bet on that, let me know.’
    wager, stake, gamble, ante
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    1. 1.1 A sum of money staked on the outcome of a future event.
      ‘the bookies are taking bets on his possible successor’
      • ‘First, I was forced to quit my job, but then I found a way to earn lot's of money by placing bets on the foreign currency markets.’
      • ‘Funds must be deposited before any bets can be made.’
      • ‘All to pay the bookie and have enough money leftover to make the next bet.’
      • ‘The bet was twenty dollars, a lot of money in those days.’
      • ‘The stake was a bet of £1 that he would beat his opponent.’
      • ‘Grand National fever is taking over in my 500 betting shops, with bets ranging from 50p to 5,000 coming one after the other.’
      • ‘They have video poker machines built into the bar so Darren decided to squander one dollar on a wee bet.’
      • ‘But they have handled millions of dollars in bets in the presidential race, senate races and hundreds of other bettable items.’
      • ‘But warning staff to look out for big bets and limiting the sums being bet on a match are standard procedure for bookmaking firms when such rumours are circulating.’
      • ‘You must put down a deposit of 2% of your stake before you can place a bet.’
      • ‘They offered to refund the stake of your first bet up to £50 whether you win or lose.’
      • ‘If at any time there is no money left in the bank after settling all outstanding bets, the current hand ends and the role of banker passes to the right.’
      • ‘Throw in all the illegal bets made with bookies and on private wagers, and it adds up to an estimated $4.5 billion laid out on the annual round robin.’
      • ‘The stakes of the bet are low - for us - but for them, they're very high.’
      • ‘It had been a joke on a passing knight to stake a high bet and then use rigged dice to take everything he had put up.’
      • ‘With big, bold bets, it's possible to make a lot of money in a short time.’
      • ‘I took one look at the form for that particular novices' hurdle, and advised him to restrict his bet to a nominal sum.’
      • ‘Many of the bookies will accept bets in sterling; just make sure they pay you back the same currency.’
      • ‘Adam said he had four large bets open, the largest a stake of £500 for every dollar move in the gold price.’
      • ‘Another consequence of these developments is that pension fund trustees are increasingly seeking to spread their bets rather than putting all their eggs into the same fund management basket.’
      wager, ante, pledge, hazard
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    2. 1.2informal with adjective A candidate or course of action to choose; an option.
      ‘your best bet is to call a professional exterminator’
      • ‘If you can't stomach him, the Green candidate is probably a good bet.’
      • ‘No explanation was offered today, but a good bet is that there is at least foreign one bid on the table with those perennial bridesmaids, Allied Domecq and Diageo of the UK featuring.’
      • ‘A used G1 (the G2's 3 megapixel ancestor), while hard to find, is also a good bet.’
      • ‘A favorite market in January, China remains a good bet.’
      • ‘Antique silver-plated items could also be a good bet.’
      • ‘The burger's a good bet - not too big, cooked close to the requested temperature, and slathered in sauteed red onions and cheddar.’
      • ‘When Ebay bought the successful Chinese internet auction house Eachnet they made a good bet.’
      • ‘Need a referral on whether hiring me is a good bet?’
      • ‘So they need to prove they're still effective to their supporters, to rally morale, to convince their financiers that they're still a good bet.’
      • ‘If you're partial to poultry, the Nostos Special is a good bet at $7.95 for a grilled half chicken and $14.95 for a whole one.’
      • ‘That sounds like a good bet - if you plan to be around long enough to collect.’
      • ‘I'm not sure that's a good bet, because I think they're giving up a tool of the modern presidency, but they think it serves them better.’
      • ‘If you're looking for a standard offering from the Korean kitchen, the bibim bap or ‘mixed rice’ series is a good bet.’
      • ‘I don't know who'll get there first, but Las Vegas is a good bet.’
      • ‘That said, most advisers argue that active funds are a better bet.’
      • ‘If a person is well known, then their persona-producing capacity must be good; therefore they must be a good bet - a good worker, a good hire.’
      • ‘‘The History of Bowling’ is a good bet for a few laughs and some interesting interplay between characters.’
      • ‘But as MD of one of the country's major construction companies, MacDonald has to be a good bet to achieve success with these ambitious plans.’
      • ‘All four of them were able to fascinate relative outsiders, especially those in Hong Kong, that for rather unclear reasons thought they were a good bet.’
      • ‘Either way, some air freshener would be a good bet.’
      option, choice, alternative, course of action, plan
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    3. 1.3one's betinformal An opinion, typically one formed quickly or spontaneously.
      ‘my bet is that the president will veto the bill’
      • ‘My bet's that Tracy would win, Amber can't handle getting a "blemish" let alone get in a fight!’
      • ‘My bet's that you'd go with the second guy, simply because he smiled.’
      • ‘I am not an expert on figuring out if the video has been tampered with or not, but my bet is that the YouTube video has been tampered.’
      • ‘My bet is that Ebay will be sweating from the competition in a year or two.’
      • ‘My bet is that the Court will issue a stay based on him, for the same reasons from which, as Simon noted earlier, the Justice dissented in another recent case.’
      prediction, forecast, guess
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Phrases

  • all bets are off

    • informal The outcome of a situation is unpredictable.

      • ‘If that is true, then in my opinion, all bets are off…’
      • ‘Either way, it is a safe bet you'll enjoy it - otherwise all bets are off.’
      • ‘But with globalization, the idea of doing business with neighbors one must face the next day is a quaint memory, and all bets are off. […]’
      • ‘If there's a writer's strike come next fall, all bets are off.’
      • ‘Once they get to Washington DC, all bets are off.’
      • ‘And when they lie to me and I know they are lying, all bets are off.’
      • ‘But after a third date, should one occur, all bets are off.’
      • ‘Of course, if machines are electronically or telephonically connected either to each other or to a board of elections, all bets are off.’
      • ‘Whatever their feelings, all bets are off, and tomorrow you can bet they will do whatever the hell they feel like doing.’
      • ‘Any signs of a full blown conflict there and all bets are off,’ he said.’
      • ‘Doesn't the authority of the old university in fact rely (at least conceptually) upon its solid, thing-like quality, while in the virtual university all bets are off?’
      • ‘Next time, maybe, but after that all bets are off.’
      • ‘The moment it snows, be it a dusting or a few centimetres, all bets are off for normal courtesy at roundabouts, yellow hatchings are ignored, keep clear road signs disregarded and double yellow lines treated with contempt.’
      • ‘However, all bets are off in the private sector.’
      • ‘But once the great grand-kids reach retirement age, all bets are off.’
      • ‘It may merit a joint prize, but all bets are off here.’
      • ‘Fly through passes in mountainous terrain where venturi-fed winds can be fickle and unpredictable, and all bets are off.’
      • ‘One union rep has even been reported as saying that if the current negotiations ‘don't produce the 7% as we were promised then all bets are off as far as we are concerned.’’
      • ‘Once you leave the first world, then all bets are off.’
      • ‘‘All this is assuming we have no more significant interest rate rises - and all bets are off if the oil price goes back up again,’ he cautions.’
  • don't (or I wouldn't) bet on it

    • informal Used to express doubt about an assertion or situation.

      ‘he may be a suitable companion—but don't bet on it’
      • ‘There may have been an incumbent with a shorter tenure in such a position, but don't bet on it.’
      • ‘That might be a coincidence, but I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘Hopefully this week will be a touch more subdued, although I wouldn't bet on it…’
      • ‘But don't bet on it because I've been watching from the beginning and I'm still not sure what's going on.’
      • ‘Any older or younger and you may get away with a rental, but don't bet on it.’
      • ‘I hope Margaret's happiness lasts, though I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘It's possible that they like each other, though I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘That may change when the new bank ‘switching’ code comes into effect next week - but don't bet on it.’
      • ‘I hope they wouldn't have closed it without confirming, but I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘It would obviously be nice to play a few holes and get a bit of a walk-out, but in the current focused mood in the Scotland camp, I wouldn't bet on it!’
      • ‘If I've completed my tax forms correctly - and I wouldn't bet on it - I'm owed 60 odd dollars in state income tax (having taxable income of under $10,000) and over eighteen hundred in federal income tax.’
      • ‘The DA said this boy won't raise a civil case, but don't bet on it.’
      • ‘It clearly hopes to be rewarded with a new start in relations with Washington, but don't bet on it.’
      • ‘But I wouldn't bet on it if I was the managing director.’
      • ‘Many are now predicting the end for Sonia, but I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘I sincerely hope that we do not have problems with our power supplies this winter, but I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘I know the industry will try to say this too shall pass, but don't bet on it.’
      • ‘But, as he stood up and adjusted his blue T-shirt before leaving for Paris last week, he said: ‘Just don't bet on it happening any day soon.’’
      • ‘This may reflect in a willingness to pay higher prices, although I wouldn't bet on it.’
      • ‘All could still come true before December 31, but don't bet on it.’
  • want to bet?

    • informal Used to express vigorous disagreement with a confident assertion.

      ‘“You can't be with me every moment.” “Want to bet?”’
      • ‘“No-o-o-o - not me“, he replied. I asked him, “Do you wanna bet?”’
      • ‘Dan said he didn't think it could be done effectively and Sean replied "Wanna Bet".’
      • ‘Estrella turned around, and looked him in the face with a challenging expression, as if to say, ‘Do you want to bet?’’
      • ‘When the pastor challenged the man with the notion that evolution might one day be laughed at by his grandchildren, he response was simply to retort angrily ‘do you want to bet?’’
      • ‘Michael surprisingly then turned on his heal and added quickly, ‘want to bet?’’
  • you bet

    • informal You may be sure; certainly.

      ‘“Would you like this piece of pie?” “You bet!”’
      • ‘Come 1986 when I was sober and I was out of the business and I was 18-years-old, you bet I worried about it.’
      • ‘But you bet, when we find somebody who might do harm to the American people, we will detain them and ask others from their country of origin to detain them.’
      • ‘Death is something that a lot of us face, and when an ordinary person is faced with it and thrown on the national media scene, you bet you pay attention.’
      • ‘Yep, when it relates to Pacific Brands, you bet!’
      • ‘If I say I will do something, you bet it will be done.’
      • ‘And you bet your life, it's changed politics tremendously.’
      • ‘But you bet I am going to take this case and make it relevant.’
      • ‘He said you bet, everyone's going to have to show their cards.’
      • ‘Gutsy, you bet, because look around, the mall is crowded, shoppers everywhere, and it goes down right out in the open.’
      • ‘If the material were interesting and challenging enough and if I had a group of people with whom I could share the work and the money were as good as it could be, you bet I would.’
      • ‘And I've worked with thousands and thousands of parents, and you bet, there's nothing like that, death of a child.’
      • ‘So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law.’
      • ‘But, you bet, I'll talk to the president about it this weekend.’
      • ‘And you bet his lawyers are saying, look here, you could face life imprisonment or you spend 50 more days in here.’
      • ‘But you bet your life on it, in conference, they are going to put a poison pill in it, and it will never reach the president's desk.’
      • ‘It's no fun going after someone who has no experience on television but a really smart statesman and politician like him, you bet.’
      • ‘Yep, you bet… who are those undisputed champions of our time?’
      • ‘So you bet, we could have used the Iraqi army, in my opinion, without a lot of their senior leaders, and it would have helped us.’
      • ‘But if I see the same tactics that were employed when she was attorney general, you bet we'll push forward.’
      • ‘I read all the time about some hapless evil hot boy getting his and I would've paid good money (though, admittedly I see this film for free) to see that, you bet.’
      yes, definitely, absolutely, sure, by all means, quite, indeed, of course, positively, naturally, without doubt, without question, unquestionably
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Origin

Late 16th century: perhaps a shortening of the obsolete noun abet ‘abetment’.

Pronunciation

bet

/bɛt//bet/