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par·lay

 (pär′lā′, -lē)
tr.v. par·layed, par·lay·ing, par·lays
1. To bet (an original wager and its winnings) on a subsequent event.
2. To use to great advantage or transform into something better: parlayed some small investments into a large fortune.
n.
A bet comprising the sum of a prior wager plus its winnings or a series of bets made in such a manner.

[Alteration of paroli, staking of double the sum staked before in faro, from French, from obsolete Italian, probably from Italian parare, to place a bet, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see pare.]

parlay

(ˈpɑːlɪ)
vb (tr)
1. (Gambling, except Cards) to stake (winnings from one bet) on a subsequent wager. Brit equivalent: double up
2. to exploit (one's talent) to achieve worldly success
n
(Gambling, except Cards) a bet in which winnings from one wager are staked on another, or a series of such bets
[C19: variant of paroli, via French from Neapolitan Italian parolo, from paro a pair, from Latin pār equal, par]

par•lay

(ˈpɑr leɪ, -li)
v.t.
1. to bet or gamble (an original amount and its winnings) on a subsequent contest.
2. to use (assets) to achieve a relatively great gain: to parlay a modest inheritance into a fortune.
n.
3. a bet of an original sum and the subsequent winnings.
[1820–30, Amer.; alter. of earlier paroli < French < Neapolitan Italian, pl. of parolo, perhaps derivative of paro equal < Latin pār; see pair]

parlay


Past participle: parlayed
Gerund: parlaying

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am parlaying
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Present Perfect
I have parlayed
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Past Continuous
I was parlaying
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Past Perfect
I had parlayed
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Future
I will parlay
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Future Perfect
I will have parlayed
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Future Continuous
I will be parlaying
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been parlaying
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would parlay
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Past Conditional
I would have parlayed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parlay - a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers
wager, bet - the act of gambling; "he did it on a bet"
Verb1.parlay - stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager
bet on, gage, game, stake, punt, back - place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
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