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English definition of “bet”

bet

verb [I, T]
 
 
/bet/ (present participle betting, past tense and past participle bet)
to risk money on the result of a game, competition, etc: He lost all his money betting on horses. [+ two objects + (that)] I bet him a dollar that I was right.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risks
I bet informal B1 something that you say to show that you believe that something is true or will happen: [+ (that)] I bet that he's forgotten my birthday again.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trappingInterjectionsSounds used as interjections
You bet! mainly US informal used to say that you will do something with enthusiasm: "Are you going to Pam's party?" "You bet!"Intensifying expressions
(Definition of bet verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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