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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
stake1 /steɪk/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  staked, stak•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga stick pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a boundary mark, part of a fence, etc.
  2. a post to which a person is tied for execution, usually by burning.
  3. the stake,[usually singular] the punishment of death by burning.

v. 
  1. to mark (land) with or as if with stakes:[~ (+ out/off) + object]Stake (out) the area you'll need for the tomatoes.
  2. to claim or reserve a share of (land, profit, etc.) as if by marking with stakes:[~ (+ out/off) + object]The settlers staked (out) the land from here to the river.
  3. Botany[+ object] to support with a stake or stakes, such as a plant.
  4. Idiomspull up stakes, [no object] to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.;
    move.
  5. stake out, (of the police) to keep (a place) under watch: [+ out + object]The police staked out the bank.[+ object + out]to stake it out for a week.

stake2 /steɪk/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  staked, stak•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. something, usually money, bet in a game.
  2. an investment in business, with the hope of financial gain:a big stake in the company.
  3. a personal interest or involvement:Parents have a big stake in the decisions made by their children's teachers.
  4. Often,  stakes. [plural] a prize, reward, etc., in or as if in a contest:The stakes are high in the lottery this week.

v. 
  1. to risk (something) upon the outcome of an uncertain event, business venture, etc.:[+ object + on + object]He staked a lot of money on the deal.
  2. to provide (someone) resources, esp. money:[+ object + to + object]They staked him to a good meal and sent him on his way.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsat stake, [uncountable] in danger of being lost;
    at risk:There's a great deal at stake in the upcoming election.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
stake1 (stāk),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  staked, stak•ing. 

n. 
  1. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. Religion[Mormon Ch.]a division of ecclesiastical territory, consisting of a number of wards presided over by a president and two counselors.
  6. Buildingsett (def. 2).
  7. Informal Termspull up stakes, to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.;
    move:They pulled up stakes and went to California.

v.t. 
  1. to mark with or as if with stakes (often fol. by off or out):We staked out the boundaries of the garden.
  2. 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.
  3. to separate or close off by a barrier of stakes.
  4. Botanyto support with a stake or stakes, as a plant:to stake tomato vines.
  5. to tether or secure to a stake, as an animal:They staked the goat in the back yard.
  6. to fasten with a stake or stakes.
  7. stake out: 
    • 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 pronunciation  n., v.,  staked, stak•ing. 

n. 
  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. 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.
  7. a grubstake.
  8. at stake, in danger of being lost, as something that has been wagered;
    critically involved.

v.t. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

stake /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. pull up stakesto leave one's home or temporary resting place and move on
vb (transitive)
  1. to tie, fasten, or tether with or to a stake
  2. often followed by out or off: to fence or surround with stakes
  3. (often followed by out) to lay (a claim) to land, rights, etc
  4. to support with a stake
Etymology: Old English staca pin; related to Old Frisian staka, Old High German stehho, Old Norse stjaki; see stick1
stake /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) a race in which all owners of competing horses contribute to the prize money
  6. US Canadian informal
    short for grubstake
  7. at stakeat risk: two lives are at stake
  8. raise the stakesto increase the amount of money or valuables hazarded in a gambling game
  9. to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusion
vb (transitive)
  1. to hazard (money, etc) on a result
  2. to invest in or support by supplying with money, etc: to stake a business enterprise
Etymology: 16th Century: of uncertain origin



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