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a. An agreement under which each bettor pledges a certain amount to the other depending on the outcome of an unsettled matter.
b. A matter bet on; a gamble.
2. Something that is staked on an uncertain outcome; a bet: a wager of $20.
3. Archaic A pledge of personal combat to resolve an issue or case.
v. wa·gered, wa·ger·ing, wa·gers
To risk or stake (an amount or possession) on an uncertain outcome; bet.
To make a bet.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman wageure, from Old North French wagier, to pledge, from wage, pledge; see wage.]

wa′ger·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wagerer - someone who betswagerer - someone who bets      
taker - one who takes a bet or wager
caller - the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
gambler - a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
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But when he would have entered the blackness of the undergrowth they tried to dissuade him; and the wagerer was most insistent of all that he abandon his foolhardy venture.
MON DIEU," said the wagerer at length, "I can endure it no longer.
ATR concluded a deal with broadcaster and account wagerer TVG last month, and Imi confirmed that transmission of a minimum of 25 hours of racing a week from its tracks would start in a few weeks' time.
When challenged with a dare that he wouldn't shoot a stranger for $25, Patrick jumped at the chance, loaded up the wagerer and a couple friends, and went for a reconnaissance ride.
Only Blaise Pascal--existential wagerer, founder of mathematical probability, and defender of Jansenist Port Royal's miracles--could have fathomed it: "Everything that is incomprehensible does not [therefore] cease to exist.