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stake

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noun \ˈstāk\

Simple Definition of stake

  • : 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. 1 :  a pointed piece of wood or other material driven or to be driven into the ground as a marker or support

  2. 2a :  a post to which a person is bound for execution by burningb :  execution by burning at a stake

  3. 3a :  something that is staked for gain or lossb :  the prize in a contestc :  an interest or share in an undertaking or enterprise

  4. 4 :  a Mormon territorial jurisdiction comprising a group of wards

  5. 5 :  grubstake

  6. 6 :  stakes race —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction

at stake
  1. :  at issue :  in jeopardy

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


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stake

transitive verb

Simple Definition of stake

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

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

Full Definition of stake

stakedstak·ing

  1. 1 :  to mark the limits of by or as if by stakes

  2. 2 :  to tether to a stake

  3. 3 :  bet, wager

  4. 4 :  to fasten up or support (as plants) with stakes

  5. 5 :  to back financially

  6. 6 :  grubstake

stake a claim
  1. :  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>



14th Century

First Known Use of stake

14th century



STAKE Defined for Kids

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stake

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noun \ˈstāk\

Definition of stake

  1. 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. 2 :  a post to which a person is tied to be put to death by burning

  3. 3 :  something that is put up to be won or lost in gambling <They play cards for high stakes.>

  4. 4 :  the prize in a contest

  5. 5 :  1share 1, interest <She owns a stake in the business.>

at stake
  1. :  in a position to be lost if something goes wrong <If you miss the deadline, your job is at stake.>




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stake

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Definition of stake

stakedstak·ing

  1. 1 :  2bet 1 <I've staked my reputation on the new plan.>

  2. 2 :  to mark the limits of by stakes <They staked out the yard.>

  3. 3 :  to fasten or support (as plants) with stakes

  4. 4 :  to give money to in order to help (as with a project)





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