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wager

EnglishEdit

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

PronunciationEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Anglo-Norman wageure, from Old Northern French wagier "to pledge" (compare Old French guagier, whence modern French gager). See also wage.

NounEdit

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wager (plural wagers)

  1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
    • Sir W. Temple
      Besides these Plates, the Wagers may be as the Persons please among themselves, but the Horses must be evidenced by good Testimonies to have been bred in Ireland.
    • Bentley
      If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity.
  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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
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VerbEdit

wager (third-person singular simple present wagers, present participle wagering, simple past and past participle wagered)

  1. (transitive) To bet something; to put it up as collateral
    I'd wager my boots on it.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To daresay.
    I'll wager that Johnson knows something about all this.
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Etymology 2Edit

From the verb, to wage + -er.

NounEdit

wager (plural wagers)

  1. Agent noun of wage; one who wages.
    • 1912, Pocumtack Valley Memorial Association, History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, p. 65:
      They were wagers of warfare against the wilderness and the Indians, and founders of families and towns.
    • 1957, Elsa Maxwell, How to Do It; Or, The Lively Art of Entertaining, p. 7:
      Hatshepsut was no wager of wars, no bloodstained conqueror.