• WordNet 3.6
    • v wager maintain with or as if with a bet "I bet she will be there!"
    • v wager stake on the outcome of an issue "I bet $100 on that new horse","She played all her money on the dark horse"
    • n wager the act of gambling "he did it on a bet"
    • n wager the money risked on a gamble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Calvin Coolidge, was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply: "You lose."
    • wager (Law) A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
    • wager Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge. "Besides these plates for horse races, the wagers may be as the persons please.""If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity."
    • wager That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
    • v. t wager To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some eventuality; to lay; to stake; to bet. "And wagered with him
      Pieces of gold 'gainst this which he wore."
    • v. i Wager To make a bet; to lay a wager. "'T was merry when
      You wagered on your angling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wager A pledge; a gage; a guaranty.
    • n wager Something hazarded on an uncertain event; a Stake. By statutes of England, Scotland, and most if not all of the United States, all contracts or agreements, whether by parole or in writing, involving wagers are null and void, and the wager or money due thereon cannot be recovered in any court of law. A wager is therefore merely a debt of honor, and if paid it is in the eye of the law the same thing as giving a gratuity, except perhaps as to the liability of a principal to reimburse his agent when the latter has paid it because in honor bound.
    • n wager The act of betting; a bet.
    • n wager That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
    • n wager In old English law, an offer to make oath of innocence or non-indebtedness; also, the act of making such oath, the oaths of eleven compurgators being conjoined as fortifying the defendant's oath.
    • wager To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty; bet; lay; stake.
    • wager To make a wager on; bet on: followed by a clause as object: as, I wager you are wrong.
    • wager To make a bet; offer a wager.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wager that which is waged or pledged: something staked on the issue of anything: a bet: that on which bets are laid:
    • Wager (law) an offer to make oath
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  • Blaise Pascal
    “If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “When widows exclaim loudly against second marriages, I would always lay a wager that the man, if not the wedding day, is absolutely fixed on.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wager, wajour, OF. wagiere, or wageure, F. gageure,. See Wage (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. wager (Fr. gager), to pledge.


In literature:

Money had been wagered.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
His brain is turned; I cannot with honor accept his wager.
"Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Laure Claire Foucher
The championship is connected also with a remarkable feature of ancient jurisprudence, the wager of battle, recently abolished.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
Even Captain Kid, under whose command the 'Wager' sailed out of port, when on his death-bed shortly after, foretold her ill-success.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Good fellows, both of you, I'll wager.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
I meant you wouldn't have laid the wager.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
I will wager you, man, that your laughter is not backed by courage!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
It was afterwards the residence of Admiral Sir Charles Wager; and Dr. Ekins, Dean of Carlisle, died here 20th November, 1791.
"A Walk from London to Fulham" by Thomas Crofton Croker
Brothers, let us decide this wager forthwith.
"Told by the Northmen:" by E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
It's bad practice to wager one's last farthing.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane

In poetry:

Thes yemen went with a breyde,
To ther master they cam.
Leytell John to hes master seyde,
"He haet the wager won?
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
"I'll wager a wager wi' you," she said,
"A hundred pounds and ten,
That I will gang to Broomfield Hills,
A maiden return again."
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
"I'll wager a wager wi' you," he said,
"An hundred marks and ten,
That ye shall not go to Broomfield Hills,
Return a maiden again."
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
If in those courses I had gone
Wherein they are employed,
Till such achievements had been won
As are by them enjoyed,
They might have wager'd ten to one
I should have been destroyed.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither
"I'll wager a dinner," the other one cried,
"That Mary would venture there now."
"Then wager and lose!" with a sneer he replied,
"I'll warrant she'd fancy a ghost by her side,
"And faint if she saw a white cow."
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
"I lightly said--'Sheer superstition, Paul;
I'll wager a month's pay you'll live to fight
A dozen battles yet. They ill become
A gallant soldier on the battle field--
Such grandam superstitions. You have fought
Ever like a hero--do you falter now?'
"Pauline - Part I - The Captain's Story" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

If I were a betting man, and I am during track season at Saratoga, I would have to wager that I probably drink 12 cups a day.
Alicia Wager, ARNP, Covenant Clinic – Reinbeck.
MTR Gaming Group Inc said Thursday it would immediately end all simulcast wagering and not schedule live or simulcast racing at the track for 2009.
Wagering on Saturday's Kentucky Derby won't be available at the Birmingham Race Course.
Monmouth Park Racetrack saw an uptick in attendance but drop in wagers this season, more than five months after new management took over the track, operators announced Sunday.
Racing and Wagering board adopts rules.
Wagering throughout the Western Hemisphere on the Dubai World Cup program reached a new all-time record high of $5.1-million this year.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently appointed Milton Champion director of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
When Wall Street Deals Resemble Casino Wagers.
Are Tracks Responsible for Non-Merged Wagers.
We'll wager you generally choose the former, which is more familiar.
In the US last year, $10.7 billion was wagered on the sport, and $1.6 billion was handed out in prize money.
Sawyer joins his brother, Tracker Wager, age 3.
The NTRA's wagering technology working group on Friday called for three intitial, concrete steps to improve electronic wagering security in an effort to increase customer confidence.
Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions make good sending Alabama seafood as payment for lawmakers' wager.

In science:

For M a martingale and σ ∈ {0, 1}∗, |M (σ0) − M (σ)| is called the wager at σ .
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
Formally, M is V -valued if for all σ ∈ {0, 1}∗ and a ∈ {0, 1}, M (σ) < min(V ) ⇒ M (σa) = M (σ) and M (σ) ≥ min(V ) ⇒ |M (σa) − M (σ)| ∈ V . A martingale whose wagers are integers is called an integer-valued martingale.
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
Strictly speaking, integer-valued martingales not only impose a lower limit on betting amounts but also require that all wagers be a multiple of the minimum bet.
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
Recall that a finitely-valued martingale always wagers integer dollar amounts.
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
Suppose that M0 makes a nonzero wager prior to the last L(0) positions of the interval In , say at position x0 .
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?