Stake meaning

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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.

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A share or interest, as in property, a person, or a business venture.
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A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
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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.

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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.

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Something, such as a crucial change or grave consequence, that may result from a situation.

The stakes are high in the mayoral election.

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To gamble or risk; hazard.

Staked his week's pay on the horse race; staked the campaign on a promise of a tax cut.

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A vertical post secured in a socket at the edge of a platform, as on a truck bed, to help retain the load.
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A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
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A grubstake.
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To provide with money; finance.

Staked him to the money for the tickets.

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To provide a lead for.

Her homer staked her team to a two-run lead.

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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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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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Something, esp. money, bet, as in a wager, game, or contest.
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A reward given a winner, as in a race; prize.
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A race in which a prize is offered.
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A geographical area made up of a number of wards.
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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 risk or hazard; gamble; bet.
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To furnish with money or resources.
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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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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.

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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.
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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.
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(with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.

Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake.

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A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
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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.
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That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
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(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.

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To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
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To pierce or wound with a stake.
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(poker) To provide another with money in order to play.

John went broke, so in order to play Jill had to stake him.

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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 (or in)
  • To close up (or in) with a fence of stakes.
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Origin of stake

  • Middle English from Old English staca

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

  • Old English staca

    From Wiktionary