bet1 [ bet ] (past tense and past participle bet) verb intransitive or transitive **
to risk an amount of money by saying what you think will happen, especially in a race or game. You lose the money if you are wrong and win more if you are right:
bet on: I wanted to bet on the result of the election.
bet something on something: I bet $10 on each of the horses.
bet (that): He bet me $20 that I couldn't keep quiet for ten minutes.
a. be betting on something to have a very strong hope that something will happen, so that this influences what you do:
House buyers were betting on interest rates continuing to fall.
don't bet on it/I wouldn't bet on it SPOKEN
used for expressing a doubt about something:
He said he'd meet us there. I wouldn't bet on it!
(do you) wanna/want to bet? SPOKEN
used for telling someone that you are certain what they are saying is wrong:
He must have been joking. You wanna bet?
I bet/I'll bet SPOKEN
used for saying that you understand or agree with what someone has just said:
I couldn't say no to an offer like that. I'll bet!
I bet/I'll bet (that) SPOKEN
used for saying that you are sure about something:
I bet Charles has taken it.
I bet you the train will be late.
you bet SPOKEN
used for saying yes in an enthusiastic way:
Are you coming too? You bet!
you can bet your life/your bottom dollar SPOKEN
used for saying that you are sure something will happen or is true:
You can bet your life she'll insist on coming too.
bet 2 [ bet ] noun count *
an agreement in which you bet money on what will happen, or the amount of money that you bet:
place/put/lay a bet on: I placed my bet on red, and won.
have a bet on someone/something: He likes to have a bet on his home team, even though they always lose.
take a bet (on someone/something): Eddie's bookie was happy to take a bet on tonight's football game.
win/lose a bet: He passed his driving test, so I won my bet.
the/someone's best bet
the thing or action that gives the best chance of a successful result:
Our best bet would be to take the train.
a good/safe bet
something that is likely to happen, or someone or something that is likely to be successful:
a good/safe bet for: Florida is a good bet for hot weather at this time of year.
a good/safe bet (that): It's a safe bet that the others won't make the same mistake.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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