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What does 'bet' mean?

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bet (verb): to risk money on the result of an event or a competition, such as a horse race, in the hope of winning more money:
"She bet $10 that her favourite horse would win the race, but it came third."

bet (noun): an amount of money which you risk on the result of an event or a competition, such as a horse race or sportimg event:
"He placed a bet on that the white horse would win the race."



You may have heard the bet used in relation to gambling; however, it's also a commonly used word in casual English here's how to use it:

I bet (you)

We use this expression, informally, when you think that something will happen or when you think something is true. It shows you are certain about something:

"I bet you that Simon will be late."

you bet

This expression means 'certainly' and is used to add emphasis to a statement:

"Are you going to Jake's party?"
"You bet!"

a safe bet

We use this phrases when we are sure that something will happen:

"It's a safe bet that Sarah will be the first person to arrive at the meeting."

your best best bet

This phrase is used to show the best decision or choice:

"Your best bet would be to take the train. The bus will take too long."

I bet / I'll bet

This expression is used to show that you understand why someone has a particular opinion or feels a particular way:

"I'm really angry about what James did!"
"I bet."

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