- 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.
stake definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old English staca, akin to Frankish an unverified form stakka: see stick
- 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: infl. by MDu staken, to fix, placeto risk or hazard; gamble; bet
- Informal to furnish with money or resources
- ☆ Informal grubstake
stake definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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. Money or property risked in a wager or gambling game. Often used in the plural. See Synonyms at bet.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.
- A grubstake.
- a. To mark the location or limits of with or as if with stakes: stake out a claim.b. To claim as one's own: staked out a place for herself in industry.
- To fasten, secure, or support with a stake or stakes.
- To tether or tie to a stake.
- To gamble or risk; hazard.
- To provide working capital for; finance.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English staca.
stake - Business Definition
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.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
stake - Phrases/Idioms
pull up stakesâ
- 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