the surveillance of a location by the police, as in anticipation of a crime or the arrival of a wanted person.
the place from which such surveillance is carried out.
something that is bounded or separated by or as if by stakes, especially property, territory, or the like that one identifies or claims as one's own.

1940–45; noun use of verb phrase stake out Unabridged
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stakeout (ˈsteɪkaʊt)
1.  a police surveillance of an area, house, or criminal suspect
2.  an area or house kept under such surveillance
3.  (tr, adverb) to keep under surveillance

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Example sentences
The heavy pall of smoke from the wildfires is everywhere, making the evening stakeout particularly unpleasant.
New software which utilizes design data in the field for inspection and stakeout purposes.
The two officers caught five people littering the first day of the stakeout and two the following day.
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