|Origin:||Perhaps from abet 'support, help' (14-16 centuries), from abet 'to help'|
an agreement to risk money on the result of a race, game etc or on something happening, or the money that you risk:
a £50 bet
place/put/lay a bet
We placed bets on three horses.
Bookmakers are already taking bets on the outcome.
win/lose a bet
If he scores now, I'll win my bet.
used when advising someone what to do:
Your best bet is to put an advert in the local newspaper.
The train might be a better bet.
an action or situation that is likely to be successful or does not involve much risk:
If you're looking for long-term growth, the government's own saving certificates are a pretty good bet.
➔ hedge your betsat hedge2 (2)
used to say that something seems almost certain:
I think it's a pretty safe bet that he'll get the job.
used when saying what you expect to happen in the future:
My bet is he'll be back this time next week.
to do something stupid, dangerous etc to win money from someone or to prove that you can do it:
He climbed the tree for a bet.