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stake

 (stāk)
n.
1. A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
2.
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.
3. A vertical post secured in a socket at the edge of a platform, as on a truck bed, to help retain the load.
4. Mormon Church A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
5. 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.
6.
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.
7. Something, such as a crucial change or grave consequence, that may result from a situation: The stakes are high in the mayoral election.
8. A grubstake.
tr.v. staked, stak·ing, stakes
1.
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.
2.
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.
3. To gamble or risk; hazard: staked his week's pay on the horse race; staked the campaign on a promise of a tax cut.
4. To provide with money; finance: staked him to the money for the tickets.
5. Sports To provide a lead for: Her homer staked her team to a two-run lead.
Phrasal Verb:
stake out
1. To keep (a building, for example) under surveillance.
2. To assign (a police officer, for example) to an area to conduct surveillance: The police were staked out across the street from the apartment.
Idiom:
at stake
At risk; in question.

[Middle English, from Old English staca.]

stake

(steɪk)
n
1. a stick or metal bar driven into the ground as a marker, part of a fence, support for a plant, etc
2. (Railways) one of a number of vertical posts that fit into sockets around a flat truck or railway wagon to hold the load in place
3. (Historical Terms) a method or the practice of executing a person by binding him to a stake in the centre of a pile of wood that is then set on fire
4. (Protestantism) Mormon Church an administrative district consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president
5. pull up stakes to leave one's home or temporary resting place and move on
vb (tr)
6. to tie, fasten, or tether with or to a stake
7. (often foll by: out or off) to fence or surround with stakes
8. (often foll by out) to lay (a claim) to land, rights, etc
9. to support with a stake
[Old English staca pin; related to Old Frisian staka, Old High German stehho, Old Norse stjaki; see stick1]

stake

(steɪk)
n
1. (Gambling, except Cards) the money or valuables that a player must hazard in order to buy into a gambling game or make a bet
2. an interest, often financial, held in something: a stake in the company's future.
3. (Gambling, except Cards) (often plural) the money that a player has available for gambling
4. (General Sporting Terms) (often plural) a prize in a race, etc, esp one made up of contributions from contestants or owners
5. (Horse Racing) (plural) horse racing a race in which all owners of competing horses contribute to the prize money
6. (Mining & Quarrying) informal US and Canadian short for grubstake1
7. at stake at risk: two lives are at stake.
8. (Gambling, except Cards) to increase the amount of money or valuables hazarded in a gambling game
9. to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusion: the Libyan allegations raised the stakes in the propaganda war between Libya and the United States.
vb (tr)
10. (Gambling, except Cards) to hazard (money, etc) on a result
11. to invest in or support by supplying with money, etc: to stake a business enterprise.
[C16: of uncertain origin]

stake1

(steɪk)

n., v. staked, stak•ing. n.
1. a stick or post pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a boundary mark, part of a fence, support, etc.
2. a post to which a person is bound for execution, usu. by burning.
3. the stake, the punishment of death by burning.
4. one of a number of vertical posts fitting into sockets or staples on the edge of the platform of a truck or other vehicle, as to retain the load.
5. a division of ecclesiastical territory in the Mormon Church, consisting of a number of wards.
v.t.
6. to mark with or as if with stakes (often fol. by off or out).
7. to claim or reserve a share of (land, profit, etc.) as if by marking with stakes (usu. fol. by out or off).
8. to support with a stake or stakes, as a plant.
9. to tether or secure to a stake, as an animal.
10. to fasten with a stake or stakes.
11. stake out,
a. to keep under police surveillance.
b. to appoint (a police officer) to maintain watch over a suspect or place.
12. pull up stakes, to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.; move.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English; Old English staca pin, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stake]

stake2

(steɪk)

n., v. staked, stak•ing. n.
1. something that is wagered in a game or contest.
2. a monetary or commercial investment in something, as in hope of gain.
3. a personal interest or involvement.
4. the funds with which a gambler operates.
5. Often, stakes. a prize, reward, etc., in or as if in a contest.
6. stakes, the cash values assigned in poker to various chips, bets, and raises.
v.t.
8. to risk (something), as upon the outcome of an uncertain event, venture, etc.
9. to furnish with necessities or resources, esp. money.
Idioms:
at stake, in danger of being lost; at risk.
[1520–30]

stake

- Meaning "post," it comes from a Germanic base meaning "pierce, prick."
See also related terms for pierce.

stake


Past participle: staked
Gerund: staking

Imperative
stake
stake
Present
I stake
you stake
he/she/it stakes
we stake
you stake
they stake
Preterite
I staked
you staked
he/she/it staked
we staked
you staked
they staked
Present Continuous
I am staking
you are staking
he/she/it is staking
we are staking
you are staking
they are staking
Present Perfect
I have staked
you have staked
he/she/it has staked
we have staked
you have staked
they have staked
Past Continuous
I was staking
you were staking
he/she/it was staking
we were staking
you were staking
they were staking
Past Perfect
I had staked
you had staked
he/she/it had staked
we had staked
you had staked
they had staked
Future
I will stake
you will stake
he/she/it will stake
we will stake
you will stake
they will stake
Future Perfect
I will have staked
you will have staked
he/she/it will have staked
we will have staked
you will have staked
they will have staked
Future Continuous
I will be staking
you will be staking
he/she/it will be staking
we will be staking
you will be staking
they will be staking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been staking
you have been staking
he/she/it has been staking
we have been staking
you have been staking
they have been staking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been staking
you will have been staking
he/she/it will have been staking
we will have been staking
you will have been staking
they will have been staking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been staking
you had been staking
he/she/it had been staking
we had been staking
you had been staking
they had been staking
Conditional
I would stake
you would stake
he/she/it would stake
we would stake
you would stake
they would stake
Past Conditional
I would have staked
you would have staked
he/she/it would have staked
we would have staked
you would have staked
they would have staked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stake - (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
share, percentage, portion, part - assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
grubstake - funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits
controlling interest - ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares
insurable interest - an interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy; an interest in the survival of the insured or in the preservation of the thing that is insured
vested interest - (law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another
security interest - any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation
terminable interest - an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions
undivided interest, undivided right - the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property
fee - an interest in land capable of being inherited
equity - the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation
reversion - (law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee)
right - (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing; "mineral rights"; "film rights"
2.stake - a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track); "a pair of posts marked the goal"; "the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"
visual signal - a signal that involves visual communication
starting post - a post marking the starting point of a race (especially a horse race)
winning post - the post at the end of a racecourse
3.stake - instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
4.stake - the money risked on a gamblestake - the money risked on a gamble  
gamble - money that is risked for possible monetary gain
jackpot, kitty, pot - the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
ante - (poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot
kitty, pool - the combined stakes of the betters
pool - any communal combination of funds; "everyone contributed to the pool"
5.stake - a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
post - an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position; "he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them"
Verb1.stake - put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
lay on the line, put on the line, risk - expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"; "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"
2.stake - place a bet onstake - place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
ante - place one's stake
parlay, double up - stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager
wager, bet, play - stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"
3.stake - mark with a stake; "stake out the path"
mark - make or leave a mark on; "the scouts marked the trail"; "ash marked the believers' foreheads"
4.stake - tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
5.stake - kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

stake

1
noun
1. pole, post, spike, stick, pale, paling, picket, stave, palisade Drive in a stake before planting the tree.
verb
1. support, secure, prop, brace, tie up, tether The plants are susceptible to wind, and should be well staked.
stake something out lay claim to, define, outline, mark out, demarcate, delimit The time has come for Hindus to stake out their claim to their own homeland.

stake

2
noun
1. bet, ante, wager, chance, risk, venture, hazard The game was usually played for high stakes between two large groups.
2. contest, race, challenge, battle, competition, running, scramble, rivalry Britain lags behind in the European childcare stakes.
verb
1. bet, gamble, wager, chance, risk, venture, hazard, jeopardize, imperil, put on the line He has staked his reputation on the outcome.
noun
1. interest, share, involvement, claim, concern, investment a stake in the plot
at stake to lose, at risk, being risked The tension was naturally high for a game with so much at stake.
stake a claim or stake your claim as something make your mark as, make it as, be successful as, get ahead as, achieve recognition as, distinguish yourself as Joyce is determined to stake her claim as an actress.

stake

noun
1. Something risked on an uncertain outcome.Often used in plural:
2. A right or legal share in something:
3. Money or property used to produce more wealth:
verb
1. To put up as a stake in a game or speculation:
Informal: go.
2. To supply capital to or for:
Informal: bankroll.
Idiom: put up money for.
Translations
مَبْلَغ للمُخاطَرَه في الرِّهانوَتَديُراهِن، يُجازِف في الرِّهان
kůlsázkavsadit
indsatsinteressentpælsatse
panosseiväs
kolac
karó
áhættu-/spilaféstaurveîja, leggja undir
likmeliktmietsstabs
par

stake

[steɪk]
A. N
1. (= bet) → apuesta f
the average stake is just 80pla apuesta media es de sólo 80 peniques
to be at stakeestar en juego
the company's reputation is at stakela reputación de la empresa está en juego
there's a lot at stake in thises mucho lo que está en juego, hay mucho en juego
he has got a lot at stake; there is a lot at stake for himes mucho lo que se está jugando
the issue at stakeel asunto en cuestión, el asunto de que se trata
the stakes are high (lit) → se apuesta fuerte, las apuestas son muy elevadas (fig) → es mucho lo que está en juego, hay mucho en juego
to play for high stakes (lit) → apostar fuerte (fig) → tener mucho en juego
to raise the stakes (Gambling) → subir la apuesta
developments that raised the stakes in the electionsacontecimientos que hicieron más aventuradas las elecciones
2. (= interest)
2.1. (Fin) → participación f
he bought a 12 per cent stake in the companycompró un 12 por ciento de participación en la compañía
2.2. (fig)
every employee has a stake in the success of the firma todos los empleados les interesa que la empresa sea un éxito
through your children you have a stake in the futuretus hijos son tu participación en el futuro
3. stakes
3.1. (= race) carrera de caballos en la que el dinero del premio lo han puesto los propietarios de los caballos; (= prize money) → bote m
3.2. (fig)
he is still in front in the popularity stakessigue siendo el más popular de todos
the President is riding high in the popularity stakesel presidente goza de mucha popularidad
4. (= post) → poste m; (for plant) → rodrigón m; (for execution) → hoguera f
to be burned at the stake, die at the stakemorir en la hoguera
B. VT
1. (= bet) [+ money, jewels] → jugarse, apostar (fig) [+ one's reputation, life] → jugarse
to stake one's reputation on sthjugarse la reputación en algo
I'd stake my life on itme jugaría la vida a que es así
2. (with posts)
2.1. (= delimit) [+ area, path, line] → marcar con estacas, señalar con estacas
to stake a or one's claim to [+ piece of land] → reivindicar, reclamar
with this win he has staked his claim for a place in the finalcon esta victoria se ha asegurado un puesto en la final
2.2. (also stake up) (= support with stakes) [+ fence] → apuntalar; [+ plants] → arrodrigar
stake off VT + ADV = stake out 1
stake out VT + ADV
1. (with posts) [+ piece of land, path, line] → marcar con estacas, señalar con estacas
2. (= reserve, lay claim to) you have to stake out your place on the beach earlytienes que asegurarte un lugar en la playa bien temprano
he has staked out his position on social policyha afianzado su postura en lo referente a política social
3. (= watch) [+ property etc] [journalist, criminal] → vigilar; [police] → poner bajo vigilancia, mantener vigilado

stake

[ˈsteɪk]
n
(= post) → pieu m
(BETTING)enjeu m
(= investment) to have a stake in sth [+ company, country] → avoir des intérêts (en jeu) dans qch (= be interested) → être concerné(e) par qch
A husband naturally has a stake in his wife's career → Un mari est tout naturellement concerné par la carrière de sa femme.
(= risk) at stake → en jeu
to be at stake → être en jeu
vt
(= risk) [+ sum of money] → miser; [+ reputation, life] → mettre en jeu
(also stake out) [+ area] → délimiter
to stake a claim to sth → revendiquer qch
stakes npl (in risky action)enjeux mpl
to raise the stakes → faire monter les enchères

stake

n
(= post)Pfosten m, → Pfahl m; (for vampires) → Pfahl m; (for plant) → Stange f; (for animal) → Pflock m ? pull up
(= place of execution)Scheiterhaufen m; to die at the stakeauf dem Scheiterhaufen sterben, verbrannt werden; he was ready to go to the stake or be burned at the stake for his principleser war bereit, sich für seine Prinzipien ans Kreuz nageln zu lassen
(= bet)Einsatz m; (= financial interest)Anteil m; to be at stakeauf dem Spiel stehen; he has a lot at stakeer hat viel zu verlieren; to have a stake in something (in business)einen Anteil an etw (dat)haben; in the futurevon etw betroffen werden; he has a big stake in the success of the planfür ihn hängt viel vom Erfolg des Planes ab; that’s precisely the issue at stakegenau darum geht es; the issue at stake is not …es steht nicht zur Debatte, ob …
stakes pl (= prize)Gewinn m; the Newmarket stakesder Große Preis von Newmarket; to raise the stakes (lit, fig)den Einsatz erhöhen
vt
animalanpflocken
(also stake up) planthochbinden; fenceabstützen
(= bet, risk)setzen (→ on auf +acc); (esp US: = back financially) → finanziell unterstützen; to stake one’s life on somethingseine Hand für etw ins Feuer legen; to stake one’s reputation on somethingsein Wort für etw verpfänden; to stake a/one’s claim to somethingsich (dat)ein Anrecht auf etw (acc)sichern

stake

[steɪk]
1. n
a. (share) → interesse m; (bet) → puntata, scommessa
to be at stake → essere in gioco
to have a stake in sth → avere un interesse in qc
b. (for fence, tree) → palo; (for plant) → bastoncino
c. (for execution) to be burnt at the stakeessere bruciato/a sul rogo
2. vt
a. (bet) to stake (on)scommettere (su)
I'd stake my reputation on it → ci giocherei la reputazione
b. (also stake out) (area) → delimitare con paletti (also stake up) (plant) → legare a un bastoncino
to stake a claim (to sth) → rivendicare (qc)

stake1

(steik) noun
a strong stick or post, especially a pointed one used as a support or as part of a fence.

stake2

(steik) noun
a sum of money risked in betting. He and his friends enjoy playing cards for high stakes.
verb
to bet or risk (money or something of value). I'm going to stake $5 on that horse.
at stake
1. to be won or lost. A great deal of money is at stake.
2. in great danger. The peace of the country / Our children's future is at stake.
References in classic literature ?
So, stand off please, and let me have a go at the stake.
Jake and Otto were sure that when they galloped round that ring the Indians tortured prisoners, bound to a stake in the centre; but grandfather thought they merely ran races or trained horses there.
When the Chippewas tied Magua to the stake, and cut this gash," said the other, laying his finger on a deep scar, "the Huron laughed in their faces, and told them, Women struck so light
Even had there been no bitter recollections, nor any hostile interest now at stake between them, the mere natural repugnance of the more sensitive system to the massive, weighty, and unimpressible one, must, in itself, have been disastrous to the former.
He looked like a man cut away from the stake, when the fire has overrunningly wasted all the limbs without consuming them, or taking away one particle from their compacted aged robustness.
I has principles, and I sticks to 'em like forty,--jest anything that I thinks is principle, I goes in to 't;--I wouldn't mind if dey burnt me 'live,--I'd walk right up to de stake, I would, and say, here I comes to shed my last blood fur my principles, fur my country, fur de gen'l interests of society.
I looked again, and saw him standing in the middle of a boggy Stygian fen, surrounded by devils, and he had found his bounds without a doubt, three little stones, where a stake had been driven, and looking nearer, I saw that the Prince of Darkness was his surveyor.
As we stepped into the vast enclosed court of the castle I got a shock; for the first thing I saw was the stake, standing in the center, and near it the piled fagots and a monk.
John Rogers at the stake hardly suffered more than this poor child for the moment as she rose to her feet, forgetting that ladies prayed sitting, while deacons stood in prayer.
my dear, as Perry says, where health is at stake, nothing else should be considered; and if one is to travel, there is not much to chuse between forty miles and an hundred.
Dashwood could be calm, could be even prudent, when the life of a child was at stake, and Marianne, satisfied in knowing her mother was near her, and conscious of being too weak for conversation, submitted readily to the silence and quiet prescribed by every nurse around her.
Vanstone had been able to communicate with me when the letter from America announced the death of his wife, the fortunes of his daughters would not have been now at stake.