stake

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noun

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

stake

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verb

staked; staking

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
Phrases
at stake
: at issue : in jeopardy
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 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
Digital World Acquisition, a special-purpose acquisition company, recently won a critical approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to merge with Trump’s media start-up, which could give Trump a stake of publicly tradable shares worth nearly $4 billion, based on recent stock values. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2024 There are 50 delegates at stake and 29 will be awarded to the winner of the statewide vote. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 24 Feb. 2024 Worth mentioning is OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s significant 8.7% stake in Reddit, potentially valued at around $435 million. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 Its majority stake in Acotec will likely aid its future sales growth in China. Trefis Team, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Buffett’s stake sale coincided with market speculation that David Ellison’s Skydance Media and RedBird Capital were eying a potential takeover of Shari Redstone’s controlling stake in the conglomerate. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 But while the OpenAI chief holds a significant stake in Reddit, this week the company struck a partnership with a different AI player: Google. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 23 Feb. 2024 Debra Krol: There's seven Tribes, tribal governments, representing seven tribal cultures who have a cultural, and spiritual, and subsistence stake in the health of the Klamath River. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 And because Fox owns the Big Ten’s media rights through its majority stake in the Big Ten Network, the network calls the shots on Big Ten expansion, not the university presidents. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024
Verb
The Deckers have been in Malibu since the 1860s, when Marion Decker staked a claim to 160 acres of hilly land under the Homestead Act of 1862. Hadley Meares, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 Come Thursday, similar ingredients went into Minnesota’s 84-76 loss to No. 2 Purdue at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The Gophers’ hot 3-point shooting helped stake them to an eight-point halftime lead, but foul trouble added up and the U couldn’t keep up in the second half. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 16 Feb. 2024 Jalen Suggs hit three 3-pointers to stake Orlando to an early 11-point lead, but it was gone by the end of the first quarter. Dick Scanlon, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 But staking their claim to dynasty status, the Chiefs saw their standouts prevail down the stretch. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2024 The light also needed to be staked into the ground, which requires a long pointed tool (such as a screwdriver or an ice pick) and a mallet. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 Each day, Summer Bailey saw the congressional campaign signs staked into the succulent greenery near the entrance to Balboa Island in the heart of Newport Beach. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The Gophers were able to stake a big lead and keep it despite four players — Elijah Hawkins, Pharrel Payne, Isaiah Ihnen and Parker Fox — getting into foul trouble. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 The speculative practices—the financial and cultural forecasting—on which Asher and Whitney have staked their futures would be considered occult forms of divination were white people not the ones engaging in them. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stake was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stake. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

stake

1 of 2 noun
1
: a pointed piece (as of wood or metal) driven or to be driven into the ground especially as a marker or support
2
: a post to which a person is bound for execution by burning
3
a
: something that is staked for gain or loss
b
: the prize in a contest
c
: an interest or share in a business
4

stake

2 of 2 verb
staked; staking
1
a
: to mark the limits of by stakes
stake out a mining claim
b
: to tie to a stake
c
: to fasten up or support (as plants) with stakes
2
b
: to back financially

Legal Definition

stake

noun
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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