\ ˈstāk How to pronounce stake (audio) \

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tesla’s Elon Musk took a $1.5 billion stake in Bitcoin. Patrick Augustin, Fortune, "If the SEC doesn’t regulate crypto assets, a new shadow finance industry could emerge," 8 May 2021 Riding high, Ruddy entered discussions with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News personality, about selling them a stake or even the entirety of Newsmax, according to three people familiar with the negotiations. Washington Post, "Chris Ruddy and Newsmax went all-in on Trump. Now they might pay a price for it.," 6 May 2021 Wong’s 44% stake left him just short of reaching billionaire status. Shu-ching Jean Chen, Forbes, "The Making Of Hong Kong’s Largest Online Landlord: HKTV," 6 May 2021 Pirozzolo and a partner at some point received an equity stake in Knox’s marijuana business, which was valued in 2018 at $2.1 million. Jason Garcia,, "Matt Gaetz helped set off Florida’s marijuana ‘green rush.’ Some of his friends, allies scored big," 6 May 2021 Teams often hold an equity stake in the networks that air their games. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "NBCUniversal Explores Streaming Its Sports Channels or Selling Them Off," 6 May 2021 For an accelerator, LogicBoost takes a fairly big ownership stake in its portfolio companies, asking for 20 percent with its first investment. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "He sold his last startup for $1.4 billion. Now he’s running a tech accelerator in San Diego," 6 May 2021 The two companies will make various investments that will result in the creation of a joint venture with IGT having a controlling 60 percent stake in the new company and Bally’s owning the remaining 40 percent., "House revamps $1b deal for IGT, Bally’s to handle R.I.’s gambling technology," 4 May 2021 The local company owns a stake and licenses technology to Lordstown Motor Corp. that acquired a shuttered GM plant in northeast Ohio. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati puts Workhorse's name on gate at TQL stadium," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Portage or hike someplace remote and pretty, and stake your spot for the night. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "All the gear you need for a great outdoor staycation," 26 Mar. 2021 The win further showed that Washington might be the best high school player in the country and that the Dragons can stake a claim at being perhaps the best high school team in the nation. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "AZ Compass Prep stakes claim to being best high school basketball team in nation with last-second win for Grind Session world title," 8 Mar. 2021 White kicked off the game with the highest-scoring quarter of his career, recording 16 of his game-high 25 points in the opening frame to stake the Spurs to a 36-21 lead. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs show fight in more ways than one against Indiana Pacers," 20 Apr. 2021 The flashy 5-9 senior forward had a pure hat trick — three consecutive goals, two coming on the power play — to stake the Huskies to a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over Grand Rapids is the Class 2A, Section 7 final. Star Tribune, "Prep athletes of the week: Forest Lake gymnast Claire O'Gorman comes close and wins, too," 30 Mar. 2021 Trask’s struggles, including a pick-six on Florida’s first possession, allowed the No. 6 Sooners (9-2) to stake a 17-0 lead during the opening seven minutes and ultimately cruise to their seventh straight win. Edgar Thompson,, "Depleted Gators crumble against Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl," 31 Dec. 2020 Attackers also stake data with the goal to monetize it — this can result in severe damage to the company’s reputation and result in employees losing their jobs. Gary Fowler, Forbes, "Taking A Decentralized Approach To Cyber Security, Data Protection And Privacy," 7 Apr. 2021 This expert doom-and-gloomer can’t help but enjoy the tulips finally poking through the soil, the garden fresh and neat and full of promise before the weeds stake their claim and entropy prevails., "Such a downer," 27 Mar. 2021 The Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, one of China's biggest automakers and the owner of Volvo, is launching a new electric-vehicle brand to stake its claim in the premium segment of the market. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Geely Launches Zeekr Premium-EV Brand in China to Compete with Tesla," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Stake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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