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wager

noun [C] uk   /ˈweɪ.dʒər/ us    /-dʒɚ/
an amount of money that you risk in the hope of winning more, by trying to guess something uncertain, or the agreement that you make to take this risk: She put a cash wager of £50 on the biggest horse race of the year. He tried to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs, for a wager.
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verb uk   /ˈweɪ.dʒər/ us    /-dʒɚ/
[I or T] to risk money by guessing the result of something: [+ two objects, + , + that] I'll wager you £5 that they'll get there first. [I] old-fashioned used to say that you are certain that something is true or will happen in the future: [+ (that)] I'd wager (that) she's interested in you.
(Definition of wager from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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