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Meaning of stake

stake

Pronunciation: (stāk), [key]
— 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 for a plant, etc.
  2. a post to which a person is bound for execution, usually by burning.
  3. the stake, the punishment of death by burning: Joan of Arc was sentenced to the stake.
  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, consisting of a number of wards presided over by a president and two counselors.
  6. sett (def. 2).
  7. to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.; move: They pulled up stakes and went to California.
—v.t.
  1. to mark with or as if with stakes (often fol. by off or out): We staked out the boundaries of the garden.
  2. to possess, claim, or reserve a share of (land, profit, glory, etc.) as if by marking or bounding with stakes (usually fol. by out or off): I'm staking out ten percent of the profit for myself.
  3. to separate or close off by a barrier of stakes.
  4. to support with a stake or stakes, as a plant: to stake tomato vines.
  5. to tether or secure to a stake, as an animal: They staked the goat in the back yard.
  6. to fasten with a stake or stakes.
    1. to keep (a suspect) under police surveillance.
    2. to appoint (a police officer) to maintain constant watch over a suspect or place.

stake

Pronunciation: (stāk), [key]
— n., v., staked, stak•ing.
—n.
  1. something that is wagered in a game, race, or contest.
  2. a monetary or commercial interest, investment, share, or involvement in something, as in hope of gain: I have a big stake in the success of the firm.
  3. a personal or emotional concern, interest, involvement, or share: Parents have a big stake in their children's happiness.
  4. the funds with which a gambler operates.
  5. Often,a prize, reward, increase in status, etc., in or as if in a contest.
  6. the cash values assigned to the various colored chips, various bets, and raises: Our stakes are 5, 10, and 25 cents: you can bet out 10 cents on a pair and reraise twice at 25 cents.
  7. a grubstake.
  8. in danger of being lost, as something that has been wagered; critically involved.
—v.t.
  1. to risk (something), as upon the result of a game or the occurrence or outcome of any uncertain event, venture, etc.: He staked his reputation on the success of the invention.
  2. to furnish (someone) with necessaries or resources, esp. money: They staked me to a good meal and a train ticket.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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