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English definition of “bet”

bet

verb     /bet/ (present participle betting, past tense and past participle bet)
C1 [I or T] to risk money on the result of an event or a competition, such as a horse race, in the hope of winning more money: He regularly goes to the races and bets heavily. She bet £500,000 on the horse that came in second. [+ two objects, + (, that, )] I bet you $25 (that) I'll get there before you.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risks B1 [T] informal If you say you bet (someone) that something is true or will happen, you mean you are certain that it is true or will happen: [+ (that)] I bet you (that) she's missed the bus. I bet (that) he won't come.Predicting things and intuition
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