stake

noun
\ˈstāk \

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

5 : grubstake

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

at stake

: at issue : in jeopardy

stake

verb
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

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for stake

Synonyms: Noun

claim, interest, share

Synonyms: Verb

bankroll, capitalize, endow, finance, fund, subsidize, underwrite

Antonyms: Verb

defund

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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

The company's development team worked on the fresh pizza dough and sauce, but doesn't have a stake in the concession operation, Fallucca said. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Palladium is the New York private equity firm that has a stake in companies such as Kar’s Nuts, Del Real Foods and Taco Bueno Restaurants. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Investment firm buys stake in Orlando manufacturer Spice World," 10 July 2018 She and her husband blame the construction for a significant drop-off in their sales, and are frustrated that some of the members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have a financial stake in the project. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018 The company has a stake in reforms of the complicated Renewable Fuel Standard and the tax credit for companies that blend ethanol with gasoline. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018 The company has a stake in reforms of the complicated Renewable Fuel Standard and the tax credit for companies that blend ethanol with gasoline. Steven Mufson, chicagotribune.com, "EPA's acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 The company has a stake in reforms of the complicated Renewable Fuel Standard and the tax credit for companies that blend ethanol with gasoline. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 The shares, worth about $17 billion as of Friday, were created to mirror the value of software maker VMware Inc., in which Dell has a controlling stake. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018 McWain had a financial stake in the facility, authorities allege, according to Patch. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A police officer was making drug arrests — and making money, New Jersey authorities say," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some tall varieties might need staked to keep them upright. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018 Shutterstock Lyft made a big move yesterday to not only live up to its founders’ lofty ideals, but to stake a claim as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports transit equity and safer streets. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Lyft sees a future with more bikes and scooters, and fewer cars," 17 July 2018 But while the stars of the major European leagues, no matter what their origins, can stake a claim to fame and fortune, some of the Wild Boars cannot even count on a permanent home. Johnson Lai, Fox News, "Statelessness a hurdle for some rescued Thai boys," 16 July 2018 Echo Dot Kids is great for Amazon, a company that’s staked a large part of its future on home listening devices. Melissa Campbell, Fortune, "Parents, Stay Away From Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids," 15 May 2018 Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. Alexandra Olson And Joseph Pisani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Starbucks to close 8,000 US stores for several hours for racial bias training," 18 Apr. 2018 Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. Alexandra Olson And Joseph Pisani, BostonGlobe.com, "Starbucks will close its US stores May 29 to conduct racial-bias education," 18 Apr. 2018 Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "Prichard announces plans for Juneteenth Jubilee," 17 Apr. 2018 Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. Alexandra Olson, chicagotribune.com, "Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of 2 black men," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stake

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stake

Noun

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

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stake

noun

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

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.

stake

verb

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

stake

noun
\ˈstāk \

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.

stake

verb
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)

stake

noun

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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