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 for wager
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  wager \wa"ger\ (w[=a]"j[~e]r), n. [OE. wager, wajour, OF.
     wagiere, or wageure, F. gageure. See Wage, v. t.]
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     1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a
        contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a
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              Besides these plates for horse races, the wagers may
              be as the persons please.             --Sir W.
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              If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager
              against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him
              never hereafter accuse others of credulity.
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     2. (Law) A contract by which two parties or more agree that a
        certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or
        delivered to one of them, on the happening or not
        happening of an uncertain event. --Bouvier.
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     Note: At common law a wager is considered as a legal contract
           which the courts must enforce unless it be on a subject
           contrary to public policy, or immoral, or tending to
           the detriment of the public, or affecting the interest,
           feelings, or character of a third person. In many of
           the United States an action can not be sustained upon
           any wager or bet. --Chitty. --Bouvier.
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     3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
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     Wager of battel, or Wager of battle (O. Eng. Law), the
        giving of gage, or pledge, for trying a cause by single
        combat, formerly allowed in military, criminal, and civil
        causes. In writs of right, where the trial was by
        champions, the tenant produced his champion, who, by
        throwing down his glove as a gage, thus waged, or
        stipulated, battle with the champion of the demandant,
        who, by taking up the glove, accepted the challenge. The
        wager of battel, which has been long in disuse, was
        abolished in England in 1819, by a statute passed in
        consequence of a defendant's having waged his battle in a
        case which arose about that period. See Battel.
     Wager of law (Law), the giving of gage, or sureties, by a
        defendant in an action of debt, that at a certain day
        assigned he would take a law, or oath, in open court, that
        he did not owe the debt, and at the same time bring with
        him eleven neighbors (called compurgators), who should
        avow upon their oaths that they believed in their
        consciences that he spoke the truth.
     Wager policy. (Insurance Law) See under Policy.
     Wagering contract or gambling contract. A contract which
        is of the nature of wager. Contracts of this nature
        include various common forms of valid commercial
        contracts, as contracts of insurance, contracts dealing in
        futures, options, etc. Other wagering contracts and bets
        are now generally made illegal by statute against betting
        and gambling, and wagering has in many cases been made a
        criminal offence. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  wager \wa"ger\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. wagered (w[=a]"j[~e]rd);
     p. pr. & vb. n. wagering.]
     To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that
     is to be decided, or on some eventuality; to lay; to stake;
     to bet.
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           And wagered with him
           Pieces of gold 'gainst this which he wore. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wager \Wa"ger\, v. i.
     To make a bet; to lay a wager.
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           'T was merry when
           You wagered on your angling.             --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of gambling; "he did it on a bet" [syn: bet,
      2: the money risked on a gamble [syn: stake, stakes, bet,
      v 1: stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new
           horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse" [syn:
           bet, wager, play]
      2: maintain with or as if with a bet; "I bet she will be there!"
         [syn: bet, wager]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "wager":
     adventure, ante, ante up, back, bet, bet on, blind bargain, book,
     borderline case, call, chance, chance it, chunk, contingency,
     cover, double contingency, fade, gamble, gamble on, game, guess,
     handbook, hazard, lay, lay a wager, lay down, make a bet,
     meet a bet, open question, parlay, pass, piece of guesswork, play,
     play against, plunge, pot, punt, put on, question, rely on fortune,
     risk, run a chance, run the risk, see, set, set at hazard, shot,
     sight-unseen transaction, stake, stand pat, take a chance,
     take a flier, take chances, tempt fortune, toss-up, touch and go,
     trust to chance, try the chance, undecided issue, venture

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WAGERS. A wager is a bet a contract by which two parties or more agree that 
  a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of 
  them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event. 
       2. The law does not prohibit all wagers. 1 Browne's Rep. 171 Poth. du 
  Jeu, n. 4. 
       3. To restrain wagers within the bounds of justice the following 
  conditions must be observed: 1. Each of the parties must have the right to 
  dispose of the thing which is the object of the wager. 2. Each must give a 
  perfect and full consent to the contract, 3. There must he equality between 
  the parties. 4. There must be good faith between them. 5. The wager must not 
  be forbidden by law. Poth. du 
       4. In general, it seems that a wager is legal and maybe enforced in a 
  court of law 3 T. R. 693, if it be not, 1st, Contrary to public policy, or 
  immoral; or if it do not in some other respect tend to the detriment of the 
  public. 2d. If it do not affect the interest, feelings, or character of a 
  third person. 
       5.-1. Wagers on the event of an election laid before the poll is open; 
  1 T. R. 56. 4 Johns. 426; 4 Harr. & McH. 284; or after it is closed; 8 
  Johns. 454, 147; 2 Browne's Rep. 182; are unlawful. And wagers are against 
  public policy if they are in restraint of marriage; 10 East, R. 22; made as 
  to the mode of playing an illegal game; 2 H. Bl. 43; 1 Nott & McCord, 180; 7 
  Taunt. 246; or on an abstract speculative question of law or judicial 
  practice, not arising out of circumstances in which the parties have a real 
  interest. 12 East, R. 247, and Day's notes, sed vide Cowp. 37. 
       6.-2. Wagers as to the sex of an individual Cowp. 729; or whether an 
  unmarried woman had borne or would have a child; 4 Campb. 152, are illegal; 
  as unnecessarily leading to painful and indecent considerations. The supreme 
  court of Pennsylvania have laid it down as a rule, that every bet about the 
  age, or height, or weight, or wealth, or circumstances, or situation of any 
  person, is illegal; and this whether the subject of the bet be man, woman, 
  or child, married or single, native or foreigner, in this country or abroad. 
  1 Rawle, 42. And it seems that a wager between two coach-proprietors, 
  whether or not a particular person would go by one of their coaches is 
  illegal, as exposing that person to inconvenience. 1 B. & A. 683. 
       7. In the case even of a legal wager, the authority of a stakeholder, 
  like that of an arbitrator, may be rescinded by either party before the 
  event happens. And if after his authority has been countermanded, and the 
  stake has been demanded, he refuse to deliver it, trover or assumpsit for 
  money had and received is maintainable. 1 B. & A. 683. And where the wager 
  is in its nature illegal, the stake may be recovered, even after the event, 
  on demand made before it has been paid over. 4 Taunt. 474; 5 T. R. 405; sed 
  vide 12 Johns. 1. See further on this subject, 7 Johns. 434; 11 Johns. 23; 
  10 Johns. 406,468; 12 Johns. 376; 17 Johns. 192; 15 Johns. 5; 13 Johns. 88; 
  Mann. Dig. Gaming; Harr. Dig. Gaining; Stakeholder. 

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