- Stake is a length of wood or metal with a pointed end for driving into the ground.
An example of stake is what people use to keep a tent secure.
- The definition of a stake is the portion owned or invested in a business venture.
An example of a stake is to be one-fifth owner of a silver mine.
- a length of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground, as for marking a boundary, supporting a plant, etc.
- the post to which a person was tied for execution by burning
- execution by burning
- a pole or post fitted upright into a socket, as at the edge of a railway flatcar, truck bed, etc. to help hold a load
- something, esp. money, bet, as in a wager, game, or contest
- a reward given a winner, as in a race; prize
- a race in which a prize is offered
- a share or interest, as in property, a person, or a business venture
- ☆ Mormon Ch. a geographical area made up of a number of wards
- ☆ Informal grubstake
Origin of stakeMiddle English ; from Old English staca, akin to Frankish an unverified form stakka: see stick
transitive verbstaked, staking
- to mark the location or boundaries of with or as with stakes
- to establish (a claim) in this way: often with out
- to support (a plant, etc.) by tying to a stake
- to hitch or tether to a stake
Origin of stakeinfl. by MDu staken, to fix, place to risk or hazard; gamble; bet
- Informal to furnish with money or resources
- ☆ Informal grubstake
pull up stakes☆
- to station (police officers, detectives, etc.) for surveillance of a suspected criminal, a place, etc.
- to put (a suspected criminal, a place, etc.) under such surveillance
stake upor stake in
- A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
- a. A vertical post to which an offender is bound for execution by burning.b. Execution by burning. Used with the: condemned to the stake.
- A vertical post secured in a socket at the edge of a platform, as on a truck bed, to help retain the load.
- Mormon Church A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
- Sports & Games a. often stakes Money or property risked in a wager or gambling game.b. The prize awarded the winner of a contest or race.c. A race offering a prize to the winner, especially a horserace in which the prize consists of money contributed equally by the horse owners.
- a. A share or an interest in an enterprise, especially a financial share.b. Personal interest or involvement: a stake in her children's future.
- Something, such as a crucial change or grave consequence, that may result from a situation: The stakes are high in the mayoral election.
- A grubstake.
transitive verbstaked staked, stak·ing, stakes
- a. To mark the location or limits of with stakes. Often used with out: staked out a garden patch.b. To claim, establish, or register as one's own. Often used with out: staked out a mining claim at the office; staked out a place for herself in the library.
- a. To fasten, secure, or support with a stake or stakes: staked down the tent; staked the shrubs.b. To tether or tie to a stake.c. To impale with a stake.
- To gamble or risk; hazard: staked his week's pay on the horse race; staked the campaign on a promise of a tax cut.
- To provide with money; finance: staked him to the money for the tickets.
- Sports To provide a lead for: Her homer staked her team to a two-run lead.
Origin of stakeMiddle English, from Old English staca.
- A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support or stay; as, a stake to support vines, fences, hedges, etc.
- A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --Dryden
- We have stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
- A piece of wood driven in the ground used in the game of croquet. The stake, often referred to as the peg, is placed in the middle of the court and is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
- A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
- (with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake.
- A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
- A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
- That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
- (Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
- Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men. – Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
- (wager or pledge): at stake
(third-person singular simple present stakes, present participle staking, simple past and past participle staked)
- To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
- To pierce or wound with a stake.
- To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
- I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays. -- Alexander Pope.
- (poker) To provide another with money in order to play.
- John went broke, so in order to play Jill had to stake him
- stake out
Old English staca
stake - Investment & Finance Definition
An ownership interest that one company acquires in another that represents less than 100 percent ownership. A company takes a stake in another company in order to obtain the rights to a product or territory that will strategically help it. Companies are willing to sell stakes in themselves for a cash infusion or to partner with a larger competitor and thus improve their relative standing in the market. Often, stakes are popular ways to expand overseas and give both companies an opportunity to work together before considering whether a merger would be appropriate. However, just because a company takes a stake in another one doesn’t mean that a merger will be the next step.