a simple past tense and past participle of bet1 .
to wager with (something or someone).
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!
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an agreement between two parties that a sum of money or other stake will be paid by the loser to the party who correctly predicts the outcome of an event
the money or stake risked
the predicted result in such an agreement: his bet was that the horse would win
a person, event, etc, considered as likely to succeed or occur: it’s a good bet that they will succeed
a course of action (esp in the phrase one’s best bet)
(informal) an opinion; view: my bet is that you’ve been up to no good
verb bets, betting, bet, betted
when intr foll by on or against. to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
(transitive) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (informal) to predict (a certain outcome): I bet she fails
(informal) you bet, of course; naturally
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bet on the wrong horse
bet one’s ass
a city in E Iowa.
of superior quality or excellence: a better coat; a better speech. morally superior; more virtuous: They are no better than thieves. of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.; preferable: a better time for action. larger; greater: the better part of a lifetime. improved in health; healthier than before. completely recovered in health. in a more […]
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any of a nationwide system of local organizations, supported by business, whose function is to receive and investigate customer complaints of dishonest business practices. Abbreviation: BBB.
- Better half
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