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NOUN (2)

1. the act of gambling;
- Example: "he did it on a bet"
[syn: bet, wager]

2. the money risked on a gamble;
[syn: stake, stakes, bet, wager]


VERB (2)

1. stake on the outcome of an issue;
- Example: "I bet $100 on that new horse"
- Example: "She played all her money on the dark horse"
[syn: bet, wager, play]

2. maintain with or as if with a bet;
- Example: "I bet she will be there!"
[syn: bet, wager]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

wager \wa"ger\ (w[=a]"j[~e]r), n. [OE. wager, wajour, OF. wagiere, or wageure, F. gageure. See Wage, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge. [1913 Webster] Besides these plates for horse races, the wagers may be as the persons please. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity. --Bentley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Note: At common law a wager is considered as a legal contract which the courts must enforce unless it be on a subject contrary to public policy, or immoral, or tending to the detriment of the public, or affecting the interest, feelings, or character of a third person. In many of the United States an action can not be sustained upon any wager or bet. --Chitty. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster] 3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet. [1913 Webster] Wager of battel, or Wager of battle (O. Eng. Law), the giving of gage, or pledge, for trying a cause by single combat, formerly allowed in military, criminal, and civil causes. In writs of right, where the trial was by champions, the tenant produced his champion, who, by throwing down his glove as a gage, thus waged, or stipulated, battle with the champion of the demandant, who, by taking up the glove, accepted the challenge. The wager of battel, which has been long in disuse, was abolished in England in 1819, by a statute passed in consequence of a defendant's having waged his battle in a case which arose about that period. See Battel. Wager of law (Law), the giving of gage, or sureties, by a defendant in an action of debt, that at a certain day assigned he would take a law, or oath, in open court, that he did not owe the debt, and at the same time bring with him eleven neighbors (called compurgators), who should avow upon their oaths that they believed in their consciences that he spoke the truth. Wager policy. (Insurance Law) See under Policy. Wagering contract or gambling contract. A contract which is of the nature of wager. Contracts of this nature include various common forms of valid commercial contracts, as contracts of insurance, contracts dealing in futures, options, etc. Other wagering contracts and bets are now generally made illegal by statute against betting and gambling, and wagering has in many cases been made a criminal offence. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

wager \wa"ger\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. wagered (w[=a]"j[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. wagering.] To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some eventuality; to lay; to stake; to bet. [1913 Webster] And wagered with him Pieces of gold 'gainst this which he wore. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wager \Wa"ger\, v. i. To make a bet; to lay a wager. [1913 Webster] 'T was merry when You wagered on your angling. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

wager n 1: the act of gambling; "he did it on a bet" [syn: bet, wager] 2: the money risked on a gamble [syn: stake, stakes, bet, wager] v 1: stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse" [syn: bet, wager, play] 2: maintain with or as if with a bet; "I bet she will be there!" [syn: bet, wager]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "wager": adventure, ante, ante up, back, bet, bet on, blind bargain, book, borderline case, call, chance, chance it, chunk, contingency, cover, double contingency, fade, gamble, gamble on, game, guess, handbook, hazard, lay, lay a wager, lay down, make a bet, meet a bet, open question, parlay, pass, piece of guesswork, play, play against, plunge, pot, punt, put on, question, rely on fortune, risk, run a chance, run the risk, see, set, set at hazard, shot, sight-unseen transaction, stake, stand pat, take a chance, take a flier, take chances, tempt fortune, toss-up, touch and go, trust to chance, try the chance, undecided issue, venture
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

WAGERS. A wager is a bet a contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event. 2. The law does not prohibit all wagers. 1 Browne's Rep. 171 Poth. du Jeu, n. 4. 3. To restrain wagers within the bounds of justice the following conditions must be observed: 1. Each of the parties must have the right to dispose of the thing which is the object of the wager. 2. Each must give a perfect and full consent to the contract, 3. There must he equality between the parties. 4. There must be good faith between them. 5. The wager must not be forbidden by law. Poth. du 4. In general, it seems that a wager is legal and maybe enforced in a court of law 3 T. R. 693, if it be not, 1st, Contrary to public policy, or immoral; or if it do not in some other respect tend to the detriment of the public. 2d. If it do not affect the interest, feelings, or character of a third person. 5.-1. Wagers on the event of an election laid before the poll is open; 1 T. R. 56. 4 Johns. 426; 4 Harr. & McH. 284; or after it is closed; 8 Johns. 454, 147; 2 Browne's Rep. 182; are unlawful. And wagers are against public policy if they are in restraint of marriage; 10 East, R. 22; made as to the mode of playing an illegal game; 2 H. Bl. 43; 1 Nott & McCord, 180; 7 Taunt. 246; or on an abstract speculative question of law or judicial practice, not arising out of circumstances in which the parties have a real interest. 12 East, R. 247, and Day's notes, sed vide Cowp. 37. 6.-2. Wagers as to the sex of an individual Cowp. 729; or whether an unmarried woman had borne or would have a child; 4 Campb. 152, are illegal; as unnecessarily leading to painful and indecent considerations. The supreme court of Pennsylvania have laid it down as a rule, that every bet about the age, or height, or weight, or wealth, or circumstances, or situation of any person, is illegal; and this whether the subject of the bet be man, woman, or child, married or single, native or foreigner, in this country or abroad. 1 Rawle, 42. And it seems that a wager between two coach-proprietors, whether or not a particular person would go by one of their coaches is illegal, as exposing that person to inconvenience. 1 B. & A. 683. 7. In the case even of a legal wager, the authority of a stakeholder, like that of an arbitrator, may be rescinded by either party before the event happens. And if after his authority has been countermanded, and the stake has been demanded, he refuse to deliver it, trover or assumpsit for money had and received is maintainable. 1 B. & A. 683. And where the wager is in its nature illegal, the stake may be recovered, even after the event, on demand made before it has been paid over. 4 Taunt. 474; 5 T. R. 405; sed vide 12 Johns. 1. See further on this subject, 7 Johns. 434; 11 Johns. 23; 10 Johns. 406,468; 12 Johns. 376; 17 Johns. 192; 15 Johns. 5; 13 Johns. 88; Mann. Dig. Gaming; Harr. Dig. Gaining; Stakeholder.