stake1(stāk),USA pronunciationn., v.,staked, stak•ing. n.
Buildinga 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.
a post to which a person is bound for execution, usually by burning.
the stake, the punishment of death by burning:Joan of Arc was sentenced to the stake.
Buildingone 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.
Religion[Mormon Ch.]a division of ecclesiastical territory, consisting of a number of wards presided over by a president and two counselors.
Buildingsett (def. 2).
Informal Termspull up stakes, to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.; move:They pulled up stakes and went to California.
to mark with or as if with stakes (often fol. by off or out):We staked out the boundaries of the garden.
to possess, claim, or reserve a share of (land, profit, glory, etc.) as if by marking or bounding with stakes (usually fol. by out or off):I'm staking out ten percent of the profit for myself.
to separate or close off by a barrier of stakes.
Botanyto support with a stake or stakes, as a plant:to stake tomato vines.
to tether or secure to a stake, as an animal:They staked the goat in the back yard.
to fasten with a stake or stakes.
to keep (a suspect) under police surveillance.
to appoint (a police officer) to maintain constant watch over a suspect or place.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English staca pin; cognate with Dutch staak, German Stake, Old Norse -staki (in lȳsistaki candlestick); akin to stick1; (verb, verbal) Middle English staken to mark (land) with stakes, derivative of the noun, nominal
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pale, picket, pike.
stake2(stāk),USA pronunciationn., v.,staked, stak•ing. n.
something that is wagered in a game, race, or contest.
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.
a personal or emotional concern, interest, involvement, or share:Parents have a big stake in their children's happiness.
the funds with which a gambler operates.
Often, stakes. a prize, reward, increase in status, etc., in or as if in a contest.
Gamesstakes.[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.
at stake, in danger of being lost, as something that has been wagered; critically involved.
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.
to furnish (someone) with necessaries or resources, esp. money:They staked me to a good meal and a train ticket.
origin, originally uncertain 1520–30
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wager, bet.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged winnings, purse.
9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bet, gamble, hazard; jeopardize.