stake

1 [steyk]
noun
1.
a stick or post pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a boundary mark, part of a fence, support for a plant, etc.
2.
a post to which a person is bound for execution, usually by burning.
3.
the stake, the punishment of death by burning: Joan of Arc was sentenced to the stake.
4.
one of a number of vertical posts fitting into sockets or staples on the edge of the platform of a truck or other vehicle, as to retain the load.
5.
Mormon Church. a division of ecclesiastical territory, consisting of a number of wards presided over by a president and two counselors.
6.
sett ( def 2 ).
verb (used with object), staked, staking.
7.
to mark with or as if with stakes (often followed by off or out ): We staked out the boundaries of the garden.
8.
to possess, claim, or reserve a share of (land, profit, glory, etc.) as if by marking or bounding with stakes (usually followed by out or off ): I'm staking out ten percent of the profit for myself.
9.
to separate or close off by a barrier of stakes.
10.
to support with a stake or stakes, as a plant: to stake tomato vines.
11.
to tether or secure to a stake, as an animal: They staked the goat in the back yard.
12.
to fasten with a stake or stakes.
Verb phrases
13.
stake out,
a.
to keep (a suspect) under police surveillance.
b.
to appoint (a police officer) to maintain constant watch over a suspect or place.
Idioms
14.
pull up stakes, Informal. to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.; move: They pulled up stakes and went to California.

Origin:
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English staca pin; cognate with Dutch staak, German Stake, Old Norse -staki (in lȳsistaki candlestick); akin to stick1; (v.) Middle English staken to mark (land) with stakes, derivative of the noun


1. pale, picket, pike.
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stake

2 [steyk]
noun
1.
something that is wagered in a game, race, or contest.
2.
a monetary or commercial interest, investment, share, or involvement in something, as in hope of gain: I have a big stake in the success of the firm.
3.
a personal or emotional concern, interest, involvement, or share: Parents have a big stake in their children's happiness.
4.
the funds with which a gambler operates.
5.
Often, stakes. a prize, reward, increase in status, etc., in or as if in a contest.
6.
stakes, Poker. the cash values assigned to the various colored chips, various bets, and raises: Our stakes are 5, 10, and 25 cents: you can bet out 10 cents on a pair and reraise twice at 25 cents.
7.
verb (used with object), staked, staking.
8.
to risk (something), as upon the result of a game or the occurrence or outcome of any uncertain event, venture, etc.: He staked his reputation on the success of the invention.
9.
to furnish (someone) with necessaries or resources, especially money: They staked me to a good meal and a train ticket.
Idioms
10.
at stake, in danger of being lost, as something that has been wagered; critically involved.

Origin:
1520–30; origin uncertain


1. wager, bet. 5. winnings, purse. 8. bet, gamble, hazard; jeopardize.
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stake1 (steɪk)
 
n
1.  a stick or metal bar driven into the ground as a marker, part of a fence, support for a plant, etc
2.  one of a number of vertical posts that fit into sockets around a flat truck or railway wagon to hold the load in place
3.  a method or the practice of executing a person by binding him to a stake in the centre of a pile of wood that is then set on fire
4.  Mormon Church an administrative district consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president
5.  pull up stakes to leave one's home or temporary resting place and move on
 
vb (often foll by out or off)
6.  to tie, fasten, or tether with or to a stake
7.  to fence or surround with stakes
8.  (often foll by out) to lay (a claim) to land, rights, etc
9.  to support with a stake
 
[Old English staca pin; related to Old Frisian staka, Old High German stehho, Old Norse stjaki; see stick1]

stake2 (steɪk)
 
n
1.  the money or valuables that a player must hazard in order to buy into a gambling game or make a bet
2.  an interest, often financial, held in something: a stake in the company's future
3.  (often plural) the money that a player has available for gambling
4.  (often plural) a prize in a race, etc, esp one made up of contributions from contestants or owners
5.  (plural) horse racing a race in which all owners of competing horses contribute to the prize money
6.  informal (US), (Canadian) short for grubstake
7.  at stake at risk: two lives are at stake
8.  raise the stakes
 a.  to increase the amount of money or valuables hazarded in a gambling game
 b.  to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusion: the Libyan allegations raised the stakes in the propaganda war between Libya and the United States
 
vb
9.  to hazard (money, etc) on a result
10.  to invest in or support by supplying with money, etc: to stake a business enterprise
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

stake
"pointed stick or post," O.E. staca, from P.Gmc. *stakon (cf. O.N. stiaki, Du. staak, Ger. stake), from PIE base *steg- "pole, stick." The Gmc. word has been borrowed in Sp. (estaca), O.Fr. (estaque), and It. stacca) and was borrowed back as attach. Meaning "post upon which
persons were bound for death by burning" is recorded from c.1200. Stake-body as a type of truck is attested from 1907.

stake
early 14c., "to mark (land) with stakes," from stake (n.). Hence, to stake a claim (1857). Meaning "to risk, wager" is attested from 1520s, probably from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed," though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or baiting
metaphor" in this usage. Noun meaning "that which is placed at hazard" is recorded from 1530s. Plural stakes, as in horse racing, first recorded 1690s (cf. sweepstakes). To have a stake in is recorded from 1784. Meaning "to maintain surveilance" (usually stake out) is first recorded 1942, Amer.Eng. colloquial, probably form earlier sense of "mark off territory."
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stake (so/sth) definition


  1. tv.
    to position a person so that someone or something can be observed or followed. : Marlowe staked out the apartment building and watched patiently for an hour.
  2. tv.
    to position a person to observe someone or something. : We staked out two men to keep watch.
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Idioms & Phrases

stake

In addition to the idioms beginning with stake, also see at stake; burn at the stake; have a stake in; pull up stakes.

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Example sentences
It also helps to stake these tall-growing flowers so they won't flop.
If you staked the plant, loosely tie it to the stake.
In windy areas, stake the plants to keep them from toppling.
There's no money at stake, and precious little glory.
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