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"bet" in British English

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betverb

uk   us   /bet/ (present participle betting, past tense and past participle bet)
C1 [I or T] to ​riskmoney on the ​result of an ​event or a ​competition, such as a ​horserace, 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.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.
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betnoun [C]

uk   us   /bet/
C2 an ​amount of ​money that you ​risk on the ​result of an ​event or a ​competition, such as a ​horserace: She had a bet on the ​race. He placed/put a bet on the ​greyhorse. informal a ​guess or ​opinion: [+ (that)] My bet is (that)theirbaby will be a ​girl.
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(Definition of bet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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betverb [I/T]

 us   /bet/ (present participle betting, past tense and past participle bet)
to ​risk a ​sum of ​money on the ​unknownresult of an ​event in the ​hope of ​winning more ​money than you have risked: [T] He went to the ​racetrack and bet $2 on a ​horse. [I] I bet that the ​Yankees won’t ​win the ​pennant this ​year. If you bet someone that something is ​true or will ​happen, you ​think it is ​likely: [T] I bet (you) she ​missed the ​bus.

betnoun [C]

 us   /bet/
an ​agreement to ​riskmoney on the ​unknownresult of an ​event: He ​placed a bet on the ​race. A bet is also a ​guess or ​opinion: My bet is that the ​senator will ​decide not to ​run again. A bet is also a ​chance or ​opportunity: Putting ​yoursavings in a high-interest ​account is a good bet/​yourbest bet.
(Definition of bet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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betverb [I or T]

uk   us   /bet/ (past tense and past participle bet)
to ​riskmoney on something that may ​happen in the future: bet (sth) on sth In his ​opinion, no ​fee can ​compensate for the ​risk of betting a large chunk of a firm's ​capital on a ​singledeal. bet that Some ​investors are betting that ​interestrates will ​rise.bet against sth You wouldn't want to bet against ​inflationrising later in the ​year.
bet the farm/ranch US informal to ​risk a lot of ​money on something that may ​happen in the future: I hope we ​attractlots of ​customers because we've bet the ranch on this ​place.
I bet (that) (also I'll bet (that)) informal used to say that you ​feelcertain that something is ​true or will ​happen: If the ​salary was high enough, I bet she'd take the ​job. I'll bet that only about 25% of those bottles are ​recycled.

betnoun [C]

uk   us   /bet/
an ​act of ​riskingmoney on something that may ​happen in the future: make a bet on sth A lot of ​people made a bet on ​housing and ​lost.a bet pays off He ​borrowedheavily to ​start the ​business, and the bet has ​paid off.
a guess or ​opinion: Jenson's bet is that ​properties will remain ​scarce and ​rents will ​keeprising.
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a fair/good/safe bet something that is likely to ​happen or have a good ​result in the future: The ​bank says this ​account is a ​safe bet and a good alternative to ​investing in ​shares.
sb's best bet the decision or ​choice that someone can make that is likely to have the best ​result: Your best bet would be to ​sell the ​shares.
(Definition of bet from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bet”
in Korean 돈을 걸다…
in Arabic يُراهِن…
in Malaysian bertaruh…
in French parier (sur)…
in Russian ставить, держать пари…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打賭, 賭博, 敢肯定…
in Italian scommettere…
in Turkish bahse girmek, iddiaya girmek…
in Polish obstawiać, zakładać się…
in Spanish apostar…
in Vietnamese đánh cuộc…
in Portuguese apostar…
in Thai พนัน…
in German wetten…
in Catalan apostar…
in Japanese (金を)~にかける…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打赌, 赌博, 敢断定…
in Indonesian bertaruh…
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