An example of a stake is to be one-fifth owner of a silver mine.
An example of stake is what people use to keep a tent secure.
The stakes are high in the mayoral election.
Staked his week's pay on the horse race; staked the campaign on a promise of a tax cut.
Staked him to the money for the tickets.
Her homer staked her team to a two-run lead.
A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --Dryden.
We have stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
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.
John went broke, so in order to play Jill had to stake him.
- At risk; in question.
- Being risked or hazarded; in danger of being lost, injured, etc.
- To change one's place of residence, business, etc.
- 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.
- To close up (or in) with a fence of stakes.
Origin of stake
- Middle English from Old English staca
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English staca