Definition of sweepstake in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈswiːpsteɪk


(also sweepstakes)
  • 1A form of gambling, especially on horse races, in which all the stakes are divided among the winners: [as modifier]: a sweepstake ticket
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    • With modest knowledge of football form, his computer model was originally built to help him win an office sweepstake.
    • Albert took a deep breath and answered as though announcing the result of a sweepstake.
    • Some believe in a God who makes traffic lights turn green, who turns lottery tickets into sweepstake winners, and turns rain on a picnic day into sun.
  • 1.1A race or gambling game in which the winnings comprise all the money that has been staked.
  • 1.2A prize or prizes won in a sweepstake.
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    • You will also be entered to win one of the sweepstakes prizes.
    • The rollout will be supported with radio, print, outdoor and a heavy sampling campaign along with a sweepstakes that dangles prizes ranging from a million dollars to vacation getaways.
    • As I sit down to write this column at the end of December 2003, we have received 287 responses - so huge a return that you'd think we were offering some sort of sweepstakes prize.

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