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1stake

noun \ˈstāk\

: a pointed stick or post that is pushed into the ground especially to mark a place or to support something

the stake : a post that a person was tied to and burned on in the past as a form of punishment

stakes : something (such as money) that you could win or lose in a game, contest, etc.

Full Definition of STAKE

1
:  a pointed piece of wood or other material driven or to be driven into the ground as a marker or support
2
a :  a post to which a person is bound for execution by burning
b :  execution by burning at a stake
3
a :  something that is staked for gain or loss
b :  the prize in a contest
c :  an interest or share in an undertaking or enterprise
4
:  a Mormon territorial jurisdiction comprising a group of wards
5
:  grubstake
6
:  stakes race —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
at stake
:  at issue :  in jeopardy
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Examples of STAKE

  1. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
  2. a poker game with high stakes
  3. The stakes are too high.

Origin of STAKE

Middle English, from Old English staca; akin to Middle Low German stake pole, and perhaps to Latin tignum beam
First Known Use: before 12th century

2stake

transitive verb

: to risk the loss of (something, such as money)

: to support (something, such as a plant) with stakes

stakedstak·ing

Full Definition of STAKE

1
:  to mark the limits of by or as if by stakes
2
:  to tether to a stake
3
:  bet, wager
4
:  to fasten up or support (as plants) with stakes
5
:  to back financially
6
:  grubstake
stake a claim
:  to assert a title or right to something by or as if by placing stakes usually to satisfy a legal requirement

Examples of STAKE

  1. She staked the tomatoes to keep them from falling over.
  2. <the actor staked the entire production of the film with his own money>

First Known Use of STAKE

14th century
AT STAKE Defined for Kids

1stake

noun \ˈstāk\

Definition of STAKE for Kids

1
:  a pointed piece (as of wood) that is driven into the ground as a marker or a support for something <tent stakes> <A sign was nailed to a stake.>
2
:  a post to which a person is tied to be put to death by burning
3
:  something that is put up to be won or lost in gambling <They play cards for high stakes.>
4
:  the prize in a contest
5
:  1share 1, interest <She owns a stake in the business.>
at stake
:  in a position to be lost if something goes wrong <If you miss the deadline, your job is at stake.>

2stake

verb
stakedstak·ing

Definition of STAKE for Kids

1
:  2bet 1 <I've staked my reputation on the new plan.>
2
:  to mark the limits of by stakes <They staked out the yard.>
3
:  to fasten or support (as plants) with stakes
4
:  to give money to in order to help (as with a project)

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