Stake Definition

stāk
staked, stakes, staking
noun
stakes
A length of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground, as for marking a boundary, supporting a plant, etc.
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The post to which a person was tied for execution by burning.
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Execution by burning.
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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.
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A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
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verb
staked, stakes, staking
To mark the location or boundaries of with or as with stakes.
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To establish (a claim) in this way.
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To support (a plant, etc.) by tying to a stake.
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To hitch or tether to a stake.
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To impale with a stake.
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other
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.
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idiom
at stake
  • At risk; in question.
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at stake
  • being risked or hazarded; in danger of being lost, injured, etc.
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pull up stakes
  • to change one's place of residence, business, etc.
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stake out
  • 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
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stake up (<i>or</i> in)
  • to close up (or in) with a fence of stakes
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Other Word Forms of Stake

Noun

Singular:
stake
Plural:
stakes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Stake

Origin of Stake

  • Middle English from Old English staca

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English staca

    From Wiktionary

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