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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun wager:

wagerbetstake

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wager:

wagerbetplay
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Definition of the noun wager

What does wager mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wagers

  1. the act of gambling
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of wager: bet
    • more generic words: gambling / gaming / play = the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning
    • more specific terms:
      • daily double = a single bet on two horse races in the same day
      • perfecta / exacta = a bet that you can pick the first and second finishers in the right order
      • parimutuel = betting where winners share the total amount wagered
      • parlay = a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers
      • place bet = a bet that a horse will finish a race no worse than second
      • superfecta = a bet that you can pick the first four finishers in a race in the right order
  2. the money risked on a gamble
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of wager: bet / stake / stakes
    • more generic word: gamble = money that is risked for possible monetary gain
    • more specific words:
      • jackpot / kitty / pot = the cumulative amount involved in a game
      • ante = the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot
      • kitty / pool = the combined stakes of the betters
    • part of: pool = any communal combination of funds

Alternative definition of the noun wager

noun

  1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
  2. 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.
  3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
  4. Agent noun of wage; one who wages.

Definition of the verb wager

What does wager mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: wagered | wagering | wagers

  1. stake on the outcome of an issue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]The phone company billed meMeasure Verbs: amerce, bet, bill, charge, fine, invoice, mulct, overcharge, save, scrimp, spare, tax, tip, undercharge
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset]The phone company billed me $10
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset] for [Cause]The phone company billed me $10 for that phone call
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I cannot risk my jobRisk Verbs: bet, gamble, venture
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I cannot risk that I get into trouble
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of wager: bet / play
    • more generic word: gamble = play games for money
    • more specific terms:
  2. maintain with or as if with a bet

Alternative definition of the verb wager

verb

  1. To put something up as collateral

Person

Who is Wager?

Wager a.k.a. Michael Wager was an American film and television actor.

Writings

"Wager" is a book by Richard Woodman.

  • genre: Historical fiction

Music

  1. "Wager" is a musical single of Blocko.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  2. "Wager" is a musical album of Dr. Faustus.
    • released in (11 years ago)

Miscellanea

Wager is a website.

Phrases with Wager

  1. to wager
  2. Pascal's Wager

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wager

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Google previewJudicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases (1914)

by West Publishing Company

A wager is a stake upon an uncertain event .

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1895)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

A wager is something hazarded on the issue of some uncertain event. Cassard v. Hinman, 1 Bosw.(N.Y.) 212. A wager is the bet or stake laid upon the result of the game. Woodcock v. McQueen, 11 Ind. 15. It means the contract by which ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopædia of Law: Utmost care to Watercourses (1895)

A wager is something hazarded on the issue of some uncertain event. Cassard v. Hinman, 1 Bosw. ( N.Y.) 212. A wager is the bet or stake laid upon the result of the game. Woodcock v. McQueen, 11 Ind. 15. It means the contract by which a bet ...

Google previewThe Southwestern Reporter (1917)

A wager is a bet or stake laid upon the result of a gain or upon acts to be done, events to happen, or facts existing or to...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion (2004)

by William Wainwright

The wager is an argument that belief in God is pragmatically rational, that inculcating a belief in God is the action dictated by prudence. To say that an action is pragmatically rational implies that it is in one's best interests to do that action.

Google previewEngaging with Irigaray (1994)

Feminist Philosophy and Modern European Thought by Carolyn Burke, Naomi Schor, Margaret Whitford

Irigaray's wager is that difference can be reinvented, that the bogus difference of misogyny can be reclaimed to become a radical new difference that would present the first serious historical threat to the hegemony of the male sex. Irigaray's ...

Google previewThe Headmaster's Wager (2012)

by Vincent Lam

Blessed with intriguingly flawed characters moving through a richly drawn historical and physical landscape, The Headmaster's Wager is a riveting story of love, betrayal and sacrifice.

Google previewTransmitting Culture (2004)

by Régis Debray

The educated wager is that by tugging on the thread of the how, a good portion of the why can also be unraveled. The initial guiding thread may be slight, inadequate, or partial yet also a crucial part of the weave. The approach is far from ...

Google previewPhilosophy, Science and Divine Action (2009)

by F. LeRon Shults, Nancey Murphy, Robert Russell

Formulated negatively, the wager is that none of the three “if's” in the sentence two paragraphs above is true. It is a wager because no empirical result can determine the answer, at least at present. Nonetheless, it is the positive side of the ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary (1843)

Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America : and of the Several States of the American Union : with References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law by John Bouvier

WAGER OF BATTEL. A su- perstitious mode of trial which till lately disgraced the English law. The last case of this kind was commenced in the year 1817, but not proceeded in to judgment ; and at the next session of the British parliament an ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union (2004)

With References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law by John Bouvier

WAGER OF BATTEL. A superstitious mode of trial which till lately disgraced the English law. The last case of this kind was commenced in the year 1817, but not proceeded in to judgment ; and at the next session of the British parliament an act ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the Law and Practice of Elections of Members of Parliament (1837)

And of Election Petitions and Committees, for England, Scotland, and Ireland : Compiled from the Journals, Reports, Treatises, Minutes, and Statutes, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time by John David Chambers

WAGER : 1. Whether bribery. Wager between two voters (agents) in opposite interests, with respect to event of election, made before it begun, is illegal, as amounting to bribery, voter not being free, Allen v. Hearn, 1 T. R. 56. A trifling wager ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the Law and Practice of Elections of Members of Parliament, and of election petitions and committees for England, Scotland, and Ireland, etc (1837)

by John David CHAMBERS

WAGER : 1. Whether bribery. Wager between two voters (agents) in opposite interests, with respect to event of election, made before it begun, is illegal, as amounting to bribery, voter not being free, Allen v. Hearn, 1 T. R. 56. A trifling wager ...

Google previewA New Law Dictionary (1999)

Containing Explanations of Such Technical Terms and Phrases as Occur in the Works of Legal Authors, in the Practice of the Courts, and in the Parliamentary Proceedings of the Houses of Lords and Commons, to which is Added an Outline of an Action at Law and of a Suit in Equity by Henry James Holthouse, Henry Penington

[Wager. Wagers may be generally enforced in a court of law. The exceptions to this rule are when contrary to public policy, or immoral, if they tend to the detriment of the public, if they affect the interest, feelings or character of a third person.

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Consult your dragon before you wager his hide. (Melaine Rawn)
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Scrabble value of W4A1G2E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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