Meaning of “wager” in the English Dictionary

"wager" in British English

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wagernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈweɪ.dʒər/ us /ˈweɪ.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 race.
He tried to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs, for a wager.
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wagerverb

uk /ˈweɪ.dʒər/ us /ˈweɪ.dʒɚ/

[ I or T ] to risk money by guessing the result of something:

More than $2 billion was wagered legally on sports in Nevada in the last 12 months.
He is so confident of victory he has wagered on himself.
[ + two objects, + , that ] I'll wager you £5 that they'll get there first.

[ I, + (, that, ) ] old-fashioned used to say that you are certain that something is true or will happen in the future:

I'd wager (that) she's interested in you.
He regrets doing that, I'll wager.

(Definition of “wager” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wager" in American English

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wagernoun [ C ]

us /ˈweɪ·dʒər/

an agreement to risk money on the unknown result of an event in the hope of winning more money than you have risked, or the amount of money risked; a bet

wagerverb

us /ˈweɪ·dʒər/

to risk money on the unknown result of an event in the hope of winning more money than you have risked, or the amount of money risked; bet:

[ T ] Over $2 million was wagered.

To wager is also to suggest as a likely idea:

[ + that clause ] I would wager that not one person in ten could tell an expensive wine from a cheaper one.

(Definition of “wager” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)