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Definition of stake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pointed piece of wood or other material driven or to be driven into the ground as a marker or support
2a : a post to which a person is bound for execution by burning
b : execution by burning at a stake
3a : 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
6 : stakes race usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
at stake
: at issue : in jeopardy


staked; staking

Definition of stake (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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 (something, such as a plant) with stakes
5 : to back financially
stake a claim
: to assert a title or right to something by or as if by placing stakes usually to satisfy a legal requirement

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Synonyms & Antonyms for stake

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of stake in a Sentence

Noun Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. a poker game with high stakes The stakes are too high. Verb She staked the tomatoes to keep them from falling over. the actor staked the entire production of the film with his own money
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Midstream Moves: Enbridge buys stake in Annova LNG The deal expands Enbridge's presence at the Port of Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Enbridge to buy Rio Bravo Pipeline project from LNG developer NextDecade," 14 Feb. 2020 Alden Global Capital now holds a 32 percent stake in Tribune. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy, hobbled by debt and declining print revenue," 13 Feb. 2020 One thing not discussed at the time: One of Delrahim's former clients was Zuffa, former parent company of MMA outfit UFC, which sold a majority stake to Endeavor, the parent of the WME agency, for $4 billion in 2016. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trump's Enforcer: Meet the Man Who Holds Hollywood and Silicon Valley's Future in His Hands," 12 Feb. 2020 DiBello is helping the fund negotiate a deal to buy the majority stake in Newcastle United, providing executives with access to the fund’s chief, and more. Fortune, "Men like the idea of evolving gender roles, but still don’t do their part at home," 12 Feb. 2020 Liquid owner Brent Lewanski told in an interview Tuesday that Tucceri never owned a stake in or received a paycheck from the business. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Man who posed as owner of Cleveland’s Liquid night club has history of stiffing investors in at least two states, court filings say," 11 Feb. 2020 During an interview for , Kylie discussed her decision to sell a stake in her super successful companies, Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin, to Coty. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Honeycomb-Inspired Dress Is Short, Shiny, and Impossibly Chic," 8 Feb. 2020 Under terms of the deal, the bondholders agreed to withdraw their competing bankruptcy exit plan, which would have given them a controlling stake in PG&E upon resolution of the case. J.d. Morris,, "PG&E: Judge approves big bankruptcy deal with bondholders," 4 Feb. 2020 Shorey’s death occurred about 16 months before Whataburger’s founding family — the Dobsons — agreed to sell a controlling stake in the burger chain to Chicago investment firm BDT Capital Partners for an undisclosed price. Patrick Danner,, "Whataburger faces wrongful-death lawsuit by worker’s family," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Team World interviews were scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., but in front of the podium set up for Doncic, a mass of reporters staked positions a full 30 minutes before his arrival. Dallas News, "'It still feels unreal’: Luka Doncic begins All-Star weekend by meeting Barack Obama and Bill Murray, showing out in Rising Stars game," 15 Feb. 2020 As the regime draws closer to Idlib, as another 1m civilians prepare to flee, the UN has staked time and prestige on an effort that was doomed from the start. The Economist, "Frustrated are the peacemakers Why the United Nations cannot end wars in the Arab world," 13 Feb. 2020 Macy's is, in effect, staking its future away from the mall. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Macy's just dealt a big blow to the struggling American mall," 5 Feb. 2020 John Cho and Issa Rae announced the nods bright and early Monday morning, and presumed frontrunners The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood all predictably staked their claim in the race. Lauren Huff,, "The most shocking snubs and surprises of the 2020 Oscar nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 After Auburn staked a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter, LSU followed with two unanswered touchdowns — 13 straight points, due to a missed extra point try — to take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Tom Green |, al, "The 10 plays that defined Auburn’s 2019 season," 12 Jan. 2020 The firm's work on mergers in particular could raise concerns among voters in Iowa, where Buttigieg has staked much of his candidacy on a strong showing in the nation's first caucuses. NBC News, "Buttigieg leads 2020 rivals in Wall Street contributions," 21 Dec. 2019 The Hopers include former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, both of whom have staked their campaigns on a soothing promise of restoring American unity. Time, "The Real 2020 Battle Lines: 'Hope' Versus 'Change'," 4 Dec. 2019 Red-flowered ones with tall butterfly-attracting inflorescences can linger into winter and might be enjoyed a while longer if staked. Tom Maccubbin,, "Move Christmas cactus before buds form," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stake


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stake


Middle English, from Old English staca; akin to Middle Low German stake pole, and perhaps to Latin tignum beam

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19 Feb 2020

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“Stake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pointed stick or post that is pushed into the ground especially to mark a place or to support something
: a post that a person was tied to and burned on in the past as a form of punishment
: something (such as money) that you could win or lose in a game, contest, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of stake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to risk the loss of (something, such as money)
: to support (something, such as a plant) with stakes


\ ˈstāk How to pronounce stake (audio) \

Kids Definition of stake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : share entry 1 sense 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.


staked; staking

Kids Definition of stake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : bet entry 2 sense 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)



Legal Definition of stake

1 : the subject matter (as property or an obligation) of an interpleader
2 : an interest or share in an especially commercial undertaking

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