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Definition of sweepstakes noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    sweepstakes

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈswipsteɪks//
     
    (pl. sweepstakes) [usually singular]
     
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  1. 1 a type of betting in which the winner gets all the money bet by everyone else; a race or contest on which money is bet in this way The horse was entered in a sweepstakes for colts.
  2. 2a contest in which you can win a prize if your name is picked I entered the sweepstakes to win a trip to Italy.
  3. 3 a competition, election, etc. whose result you cannot guess the college admission sweepstakes