Find the word definition

Crossword clues for bet

bet
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bet
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
betting shop
offtrack betting
▪ Few states allow offtrack betting.
place...bet
▪ I had no idea which horse I should place a bet on.
spread betting
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
dollar
▪ You know, I bet you a hundred dollars you won't sleep with me.
▪ Yeah, he says, I bet you a dollar.
▪ You can bet your bottom dollar on that!
▪ Investors and traders who had bet the dollar would fall had placed such orders to limit their losses.
investor
▪ Soros made his fortune by setting up pools of wealthy investors who bet huge sums on global markets.
▪ With a minimal investment, investors can bet whether almost the entire market will rise or fall.
▪ Many investors had bet heavily in recent months that a balanced-budget agreement would have already been passed by now.
life
▪ While Cooley bets his intellectual life upon inquiry that depends upon such methods, these strategies for learning may fall away.
▪ You bet your life she was.
▪ Laybourne essentially bet the young life of Oxygen on this decision.
money
▪ I would have bet money she was high on something.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
put/bet/stake your shirt on sth
what's the betting
▪ What's the betting all was well the night the Vikings came?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ I'll bet that made her mad!
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Albert bowed over the girl's hand - Caro would bet it wasn't his wife.
▪ Crumwallis - I would bet - was sexually attracted, whether he understood that himself, or not.
▪ Fun and exciting, you bet, but is this the way to the Super Bowl?
▪ I bet he had the fish cakes.
▪ I bet you taste real good Ram.
▪ It became an offence for anyone in charge of children to allow them to bet in public places or to enter brothels.
▪ Should your management bet the company on a high-risk business strategy?
▪ Yeah, he says, I bet you a dollar.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
big
▪ He. wanted to make a big bet on it.
▪ Berghuis avoids making big bets in a single industry, choosing instead to spread his risks.
▪ Many managers of similar funds are unwilling or not allowed to make very big bets on a particular market sector.
▪ Accordingly, big bets could be made.
fair
▪ As soon as a board attempts to interfere with management tasks it's a fair bet that profits will decline.
▪ And I got on at 50-1 immediately after that race, and had a fair bet.
▪ Since they're not, it's a fair bet that they show something she doesn't want you to know.
▪ It is a fair bet that this suspicion is right.
good
▪ Even if you spend more and risk recurring sticker shock, the place is a good bet to tranquilize you.
▪ Extreme surfer and skateboard styles are still a best bet.
▪ Held's road-focused 2080 gloves recently won a recommendation from RiDE magazine, so may be a better bet.
▪ Still, if a well-equipped sporty car is in your heart, the fifth-generation Prelude probably is a good bet.
▪ Udal could emerge as the best bet of all.
▪ A better bet for performance is the smaller 190, with the optional 2.5-litre diesel instead of the usual 2-litre version.
▪ I spotted a carton that seemed to be a good bet.
safe
▪ Above all, remember that there is no such thing as a safe bet.
▪ If you are determined to cultivate fruits, then the safest bets are berry bushes and nut trees.
▪ The supermodels are a safe bet and, in times of recession, that is what matters.
▪ Or is Paul Parker a safer bet?
▪ It was always a safe bet, of course, that Hillsborough would be just about the least dangerous place in Britain yesterday.
▪ You can't have a safer bet than that!
▪ But Nintendo looks a safer bet.
▪ He may not fancy it, but it's a safe bet that he would be the first man to do it.
sure
▪ As Patrick O'Brien proved, maritime adventures are always a sure bet for landlubber readers.
▪ A bill to let workers carry health insurance coverage from one employer to another should be a sure bet to become law.
▪ At 38, he seemed a sure bet to become a towering figure of popular music.
■ VERB
hedge
▪ Not surprisingly, Whitehall has been hedging its bets with officials preparing briefs to cover a variety of eventualities.
▪ However, that has not stopped the cable companies from hedging their bets by getting into the satellite business, too.
▪ Dealers on the foreign exchange markets were also hedging their bets and the pound was also on ice.
▪ Now, what will we have to hedge our bets on?
▪ I made a decision, or rather I hedged my bets.
▪ Still, it always is wise to hedge our bets about the future.
▪ Maybe, I tell myself, I was really hedging my bets.
▪ Pat Hayes, a 10-year plant veteran at the age of 30, has already begun to hedge her bets.
lay
▪ One of the orderlies, in defiance of the Prophet, began to lay bets.
▪ Digges argued that the Watch was way off, as was the island, and offered to lay odds on the bet.
▪ And millions of pounds are laid in bets over the three days of the most colourful event in the racing calendar.
▪ People read the New York Post and laid bets on whatever game was to be played that evening.
▪ Nicholas Young laid over £10m-worth of bets in five years - at least a third of it with other people's money.
▪ I laid a small bet with myself that he couldn't get beyond level two of Super Mario Brothers.
▪ He laid a small bet with himself that Fishbane had been responsible for giving her this photo-opportunity.
▪ A crowd had come then to stare and cheer and lay bets - with the man Randall.
look
▪ Son-shine boy looks a real Bonny bet!
▪ He now looks a good bet to go through to the next stage of the competition tomorrow.
▪ Despite the presence of the unbeaten Daarik, Montendre looks the best bet at York.
▪ But Nintendo looks a safer bet.
▪ This race gave McCallen one of his five wins last year, and looks his best bet for an action replay victory.
▪ I was chided for implying in last month's notes that Somerset looked rather a better bet than Gloucestershire.
▪ In town, this becomes tiresome and the £359 optional power assistance looks a good bet.
lose
▪ But if they were gambling on becoming a regional force, they seem to have lost the bet.
▪ He blamed an October snowstorm in Denver for losing a $ 500 bet on the Broncos.
▪ Steve Jobs lost his bet that the Macintosh would be finished before Lisa.
make
▪ Balvinder jumped up and down, punched the air, then promptly confronted the man with whom he had made the bet.
▪ Thousands of others raced back at halftime to make additional proposition bets.
▪ I made some bets and they came good.
▪ But when the game was over, we found out that the guy who made the bet put his money on Cincinnati.
▪ That makes them a good bet if you travel with a laptop computer.
▪ He. wanted to make a big bet on it.
▪ There are lots of ways to make the same bet.
▪ And behind him, a hundred people lamented and laughed and made bets and dreamed.
place
▪ He placed the bet by messenger.
▪ About half the normal amount of trades took place as traders were reluctant to place bets ahead of the long weekend.
▪ Sam would place bets on the horses for him, as Dad was unable to write a slip, nor comprehend form.
▪ A trader placed bets in the markets on behalf of Salomon Brothers.
▪ The only way you can place a cash bet is with a bookmaker on Saturday.
▪ With our last two food dollars he placed still another bet and lost.
▪ Like every shrewd politician, Michael Heseltine has placed a two-way bet.
▪ He dialed what I gathered to be his bookie and placed two bets of five pounds each on horses racing that day.
seem
▪ Incredibly, it seems they stopped taking bets on Whaddon finishing bottom way before Christmas.
▪ At 38, he seemed a sure bet to become a towering figure of popular music.
▪ Our subjective judgement of what seems like a good bet is irrelevant to what is actually a good bet.
▪ Solar desalination plants, though requiring a great emphasis on cash rather than labour, seem the best long-term bet here.
take
▪ The time has not yet come to take bets on which of our neighbours will swallow us up.
▪ He wanted to take back the bet just to keep from getting entangled.
▪ Sometimes they took bets on the heights or depths of things and the location of things and the number of things.
▪ Equilibrium is everything to sportsbook operators, who look to make money by taking a commission on bets.
▪ I would take another bet that the response of the core countries would be protectionist.
▪ I would take a sizable bet that the coming months are going to be most interesting ones.
▪ Incredibly, it seems they stopped taking bets on Whaddon finishing bottom way before Christmas.
win
▪ He has slept in graveyards since being a boy and six years ago slept in a coffin to win a bet.
▪ San Francisco won the game, but he won the bet because the Bengals covered with the points.
▪ He recalls with obvious pleasure winning a bet by eating 11 raw eggs.
▪ Anyone who has noticed recent elections knows that Alan won that bet.
▪ But beware playing this with Really Nasty addicts - they will probably take advantage of your Christmas hangover to win huge bets.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
hedge your bets
▪ It's a good idea to hedge your bets by applying to more than one college.
▪ Dealers on the foreign exchange markets were also hedging their bets and the pound was also on ice.
▪ However, that has not stopped the cable companies from hedging their bets by getting into the satellite business, too.
▪ I made a decision, or rather I hedged my bets.
▪ Maybe, I tell myself, I was really hedging my bets.
▪ Not surprisingly, Whitehall has been hedging its bets with officials preparing briefs to cover a variety of eventualities.
▪ Now, what will we have to hedge our bets on?
▪ Pat Hayes, a 10-year plant veteran at the age of 30, has already begun to hedge her bets.
▪ Still, it always is wise to hedge our bets about the future.
put/bet/stake your shirt on sth
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a $50 bet
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A: Your best bet is to change your behavior and wait it out.
▪ Balvinder jumped up and down, punched the air, then promptly confronted the man with whom he had made the bet.
▪ Digges argued that the Watch was way off, as was the island, and offered to lay odds on the bet.
▪ Each of us invested ten shillings and we met to decide our bets.
▪ He blamed an October snowstorm in Denver for losing a $ 500 bet on the Broncos.
▪ Ira Sanchez offered a bet and the bookie took it on the nod.
▪ The highest yields are from a risky bet, while security means a lower rate of interest.
▪ With our last two food dollars he placed still another bet and lost.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bet

Bet \Bet\, n. [Prob. from OE. abet abetting, OF. abet, fr. abeter to excite, incite. See Abet.] That which is laid, staked, or pledged, as between two parties, upon the event of a contest or any contingent issue; the act of giving such a pledge; a wager. ``Having made his bets.''
--Goldsmith.

Bet

Bet \Bet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bet, Betted; p. pr. & vb. n. Betting.] To stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; to wager.

John a Gaunt loved him well, and betted much money on his head.
--Shak.

I'll bet you two to one I'll make him do it.
--O. W. Holmes.

Bet

Bet \Bet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bet, Betted; p. pr. & vb. n. Betting.] To stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; to wager.

John a Gaunt loved him well, and betted much money on his head.
--Shak.

I'll bet you two to one I'll make him do it.
--O. W. Holmes.

Bet

Bet \Bet\, imp. & p. p. of Beat. [Obs.]

Bet

Bet \Bet\, a. & adv. An early form of Better. [Obs.]

To go bet, to go fast; to hurry. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bet

1590s, as both a verb and noun, in the argot of petty criminals, of unknown origin; probably a shortening of abet or else from obsolete beet "to make good," from Old English bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, in which case the verb would be the original. The original notion is perhaps "to improve" a contest by wagering on it, or it is from the "bait" sense in abet. Used since 1852 in various American English slang assertions (compare you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.

Wiktionary
bet

init. (context analytical chemistry English) A nitrogen adsorption technique used to measure the specific surface area of a solid.

WordNet
bet
  1. n. the money risked on a gamble [syn: stake, stakes, wager]

  2. the act of gambling; "he did it on a bet" [syn: wager]

  3. [also: betting, betted]

bet
  1. v. maintain with or as if with a bet; "I bet she will be there!" [syn: wager]

  2. stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse" [syn: wager, play]

  3. have faith or confidence in; "you can count on me to help you any time"; "Look to your friends for support"; "You can bet on that!"; "Depend on your family in times of crisis" [syn: count, depend, look, calculate, reckon]

  4. [also: betting, betted]

Wikipedia
Bet

Bet or BET may refer to:

  • BET, acronym for Black Entertainment Television, an American television channel
Business and economics
  • Basic Economics Test (BET)
  • BET plc, formerly British Electric Traction
  • BET-10, Bucharest Exchange Trading index
  • Biotechnia Ellinikon Trikyklon, a Greek vehicle manufacturer that ceased production in 1975
Science
  • BET theory, an adsorption model for gases named after physicists Brunauer, Emmett and Teller
  • Blade element theory to determine the behaviour of propellers
  • Bromodomain and Extra-Terminal motif (BET) protein family, a subgroup of bromodomain-containing proteins consisting of BRD2, BRD3, BRD4, and BRDT in humans. See Bromodomain#Examples.
  • A benign essential tremor
Other uses
  • An informal term for wager
  • Bet (letter), the second letter in many Semitic alphabets, including Phoenician, Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic
  • Borkou-Ennedi-Tibesti Prefecture, a former prefecture of Chad
  • Borkou-Ennedi-Tibesti Region, a former region of Chad
  • Bethel Airport in Bethel, Alaska (IATA Code: BET)
  • "Bet", a song by Tinashe from the album Aquarius (2014)
Bet (letter)

Bet, Beth, Beh, or Vet is the second letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician Bēt , Hebrew Bēt , Aramaic Bēth , Syriac Bēṯ , and Arabic Its sound value is a Voiced bilabial stop ⟨b⟩ or a Voiced labiodental fricative ⟨v⟩. This letter's name means "house" in various Semitic languages (Arabic bayt, Akkadian bītu, bētu, Hebrew: bayiṯ, Phoenician bt etc.; ultimately all from Proto-Semitic *bayt-), and appears to derive from an Egyptian hieroglyph of a house by acrophony. O1

The Phoenician letter gave rise to, among others, the Greek Beta, Latin B, and Cyrillic Б, В.

Usage examples of "bet".

But ask yourself if you truly are willing to bet your savings, your job, or your life that Saddam Hussein will not use a nuclear weapon or embark on some new aggression in the belief that his nuclear weapons will deter the United States.

Leaving this place, we entered the next gaming-hall, when our man again bet nineteen dollars alce on the first card.

Again he won, and we went the length of the street, Runt wagering nineteen dollars alce on the first card for ten consecutive times without losing a bet.

Cele used to tell stories and we made flyboxes and then when mother was out of the room we wood turn sumersets, and bimeby when we got so that we cood eat apples we used to have one apeace every day and we had to scrape them with a nife and eat the soft part, and when we were geting beter we were auful cross.

Owner Ramsey Osborn yesterday hedged his Arc bets by selling a half-share in his four-year-old colt to arbitrageur Malcolm Pembroke, who launched into bloodstock only this week with a two million guineas yearling at the Premium Sales.

Charles had been a coachman or a groom, Asey bet, as he ducked behind a clump of bushes and watched the bow - legged little man inarch over to the roadster and play the beam of his flashlight around it, and then over the contents of the seat.

Finally, as the unseen sun began warming the jungle floor, burning off the mist which had lingered there since the rain, Batman decided that his best bet was to get to the top of a hill where he could signal an aircraft if it passed overhead.

The lad is now bedeviling the tutors at Harrow, though bets favor him being sent down before long break.

None of the other players called the fifty-dollar opening bet, and when it came around to Crane, he belatedly remembered to curl up the edges of his cards and peer down at them with his right eye closed.

Om de kransdieren moesten ze nu lachen en ze wisten inmiddels dat de beten van de slangenhalzen alleen pijnlijk en voor hen niet giftig waren, hoewel het diertje wel degelijk een gif had dat zijn prooi doodde.

Here is a mighty stronge and usid borow for flying serpens in sum baren, hethy, and sandy grownd, and thereby the litle round castel of Morna Moruna stondith on Omprenne Edge, as on the limit of the worlde, sore wether beten and yn ruine.

Wat hielp het den Hamster, dat hij blazend naar den Egel beet: hij verwondde zich eenvoudig den bek aan de stekels, zoodat het bloed er uit druppelde, en kreeg intusschen zoovele stooten met den stekelhelm tusschen de ribben en zoovele beten in de pooten, dat hij bezweken zou zijn, als ik hem niet het leven had gered.

Moeielijk is het te verklaren, hoe een warmbloedig dier zonder bezwaar beten kan verduren, die voor andere leden van zijn klasse doodelijk zijn.

Seven-Stud, no High-Low or twists or wild cards, and the betting seemed to be limited and three raises only.

The pot he could win was shoved to one side and the betting went on in the centre, and all he could do was sit and sweat it out.