1 bet /ˈbɛt/ noun
plural bets
1 bet
plural bets
Learner's definition of BET
[count] : an agreement in which people try to guess what will happen and the person who guesses wrong has to give something (such as money) to the person who guesses right
[count] : the money or other valuable thing that you could win or lose in a bet
[singular] : a choice made by thinking about what will probably happen

all bets are off

used to describe a situation in which it is impossible to be sure about what will happen

hedge your bets

see 2hedge
2 bet /ˈbɛt/ verb
bets; bet also betted; betting
2 bet
bets; bet also betted; betting
Learner's definition of BET
: to make a bet : to risk losing something (such as money) if your guess about what will happen is wrong
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to risk losing (something) when you try to do or achieve something usually + on
[+ object] : to make decisions that are based on the belief that something will happen or is true
[+ object] informal : to think that something will probably or certainly happen
: to think that something is probably or certainly true
◊ If you would bet your life or bet your bottom dollar that something will happen or that something is true, you are very sure about it.
informal used in phrases like you bet, you can bet on it, and you bet your life as an enthusiastic way of saying “yes”
see also betcha
informal used in phrases that express doubt about what will happen

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noun [noncount]