Define: Wager

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Definition: Wager

Quick Summary of Wager

To stake on the outcome of an issue.

What is the dictionary definition of Wager?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
  2. legal A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other things, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
  3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.


  • To place a bet on something, as in gambling.
  • To risk something (usually money) via a speculative transaction where the outcome is uncertain.


Synonyms For Wager

gamble, stake, betting, bet, risk

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Wager. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. April 07, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Wager. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: April 07, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Wager. Retrieved April 07, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Wager are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February, 2020