Definition of betting in English:



  • The act of gambling money on the outcome of a race, game, or other unpredictable event.

    ‘there was a good deal of betting on the races going on’
    • ‘There was some spirited betting on the outcome to the sixth race with steady support for at least four of the runners.’
    • ‘From the 1930s the states in turn legalised state lotteries and off-course betting on horse races, and introduced casinos for continuous gambling.’
    • ‘It was construed by others as a challenge to the institution of land markets understood as a lottery, a mode of betting on the results of future population growth.’
    • ‘In these games the showdown is preceded by one or more periods of betting on who has the best combination of cards.’
    • ‘Policy gambling (an illegal form of betting on daily numbers) similarly involved local syndicates.’
    • ‘The impact from the government's lottery is illegal individual betting on the last two or three digits of the first prize of the lottery.’
    • ‘There was also substantial betting on the result of the photo finish.’
    • ‘There is some interesting betting on Saturday's semi-finals.’
    • ‘The Illinois Racing Board has temporarily has suspended all live and simulcasting betting on some multirace wagers, including pick four and pick six bets.’
    • ‘The NBA wouldn't even allow Toronto to have a franchise unless legal betting on NBA games was abolished in the whole province of Ontario.’
    • ‘The betting on the booze front is that zoning will eventually be put into place in Pattaya entertainment venues.’
    • ‘There is heavier betting on one-day matches because they are result oriented.’
    • ‘Many hedge funds - which are in effect sophisticated ways of betting on the markets - have had a tough 2004.’
    • ‘There was heavy betting on Cambridge, but the two crews collided, the race had to be restarted and Oxford won comfortably.’
    • ‘There also is a mode where players breed, own, and train race horses, and there is a wagering mode where players will participate in all forms of betting on horses.’
    • ‘The firm is betting on what it calls the industry trend away from track-based betting toward home-based wagering.’
    • ‘The betting on the number is interesting to say the least.’
    • ‘The two main allegations concern race-fixing and free betting on the sport.’
    • ‘A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation to halt all legal betting on college sports.’
    • ‘How different is the betting on that game as opposed to the South Australian game?’