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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
5 : grubstake
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
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The French state owns a 15 percent stake in Renault and holds a seat on the board. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Renault also still seems to be heavily steered by the French government, which owns a 15% stake. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Berkshire owns a stake in Charter Communications, which is working with Comcast on a streaming platform. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Now, Musk and Alwaleed—who personally owns a 4.45% stake in Twitter and another 0.72% of the company through his company Kingdom Holding—have reconciled their differences. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, 6 May 2022 But Moers also seems to have had a strained relationship with Aston’s executive chairman, Lawrence Stroll, the Canadian billionaire who also owns a substantial stake in the company. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 4 May 2022 The rule required anyone who owns a stake in a casino — no matter how small — to obtain an occupational gaming license, which requires the disclosure of detailed financial and background information. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 The Canadian businessman also has bet on sports for the past two decades, and owns a 25% stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment through his holding company Kilmer Group. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Josh Harris owns a 17% stake in south London club Crystal Palace. oregonlive, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To be eligible, potential validators need to stake at least 32 Ether, which is around $98,000 at current pricing. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 By creating a native token that enables your community to stake or take part in governance, your community moves to the same side of the table as your founders and can voice their belief in your mission and your product. Laura Wallendal, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2022 Automakers eager to stake their place in the growing market don’t mind sacrificing sales of combustion engine cars to get there. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2022 Swaths of Europe are rushing to stake their energy independence and spur an energy revolution after natural gas powerhouse Russia invaded Ukraine. Fox News, 4 Apr. 2022 Pflug again came to the rescue, hitting back-to-back threes to stake Portland to a 63-51 lead. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2022 Jackson, who’s been on fire lately, helped stake the Aggies to a double-digit halftime at 33-22 Saturday by playing like a man who has his heart set on earning an NCAA berth. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Mar. 2022 Mullaney opened scoring with a 3 and then another to stake the Cougars to a 6-0 lead. Randy Mcroberts,, 3 Mar. 2022 Star of the game: Blount hit four 3s in the first half to help stake his team to a lead and finished 5-of-12 from deep overall. Ben Thomas |, al, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Stake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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