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WORD OF THE DAY
September 28, 2021

parlay Audio pronunciation

verb | PAHR-lay
What It Means
Parlay means “to turn (something) into something of greater value.”
// The young actor parlayed his popularity as a teen heartthrob into a successful film career.
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Examples of PARLAY
“Since his pro debut in 1995, [Manny Pacquiao] has won world titles in a record eight weight classes and parlayed boxing fame into political clout.” — Morgan Campbell, The New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021
Did You Know?
In gambling, parlay is used for a series of bets in which a person places a bet, then puts the original stake of money and all of its winnings on new wagers. The noun comes from the French name for such bets: paroli. Be careful not to mix up the verb parlay with the similar word parley, meaning “to speak with another or to confer.”
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Fill in the blanks to complete a verb meaning “to make great or greater”: a _ g _ _ n _ _ ze.
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