American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
- n. A vertical post to which an offender is bound for execution by burning.
- n. Execution by burning. Used with the: condemned to the stake.
- n. A vertical post secured in a socket at the edge of a platform, as on a truck bed, to help retain the load.
- n. Mormon Church A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
- n. Sports & Games Money or property risked in a wager or gambling game. Often used in the plural. See Synonyms at bet.
- n. Sports & Games The prize awarded the winner of a contest or race.
- n. Sports & Games A race offering a prize to the winner, especially a horserace in which the prize consists of money contributed equally by the horse owners.
- n. A share or an interest in an enterprise, especially a financial share.
- n. Personal interest or involvement: a stake in her children's future.
- n. A grubstake.
- v. To mark the location or limits of with or as if with stakes: stake out a claim.
- v. To claim as one's own: staked out a place for herself in industry.
- v. To fasten, secure, or support with a stake or stakes.
- v. To tether or tie to a stake.
- v. To gamble or risk; hazard.
- v. To provide working capital for; finance.
- stake out To assign (a police officer, for example) to an area to conduct surveillance.
- stake out To keep under surveillance.
- idiom. at stake At risk; in question.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stick of wood sharpened at one end and set in the ground, or prepared to be set in the ground, as part of a fence, as a boundary-mark, as a post to tether an animal to, or as a support for something, as a hedge, a vine, a tent, or a fishing-net.
- n. Specifically The post to which a person condemned to death by burning is bound: as, condemned to the stake; burned at the stake; also, a post to which a bear to be baited is tied.
- n. In leather manufacturing, a post on which a skin is stretched for currying or graining.
- n. A vertical bar fixed in a socket or in staples on the edge of the bed of a platform railway-car or of a vehicle, to secure the load from rolling off, or, when a loose substance, as gravel, etc., is carried, to hold in place boards which retain the load.
- n. A small anvil used for working in thin metal, as by tinsmiths: it appears to be so called because stuck into the bench by a sharp vertical prop pointed at the end.
- To fasten to a stake; tether; also, to impale.
- To support with stakes; provide with supporting stakes or poles: as, to stake vines.
- To defend, barricade, or bar with stakes or piles.
- To divide or lay off and mark with stakes or posts: with out or off: as, to stake off a site for a school-house; to stake out oyster-beds.
- To stretch, scrape, and smooth (skins) by friction against the blunt edge of a semicircular knife fixed to the top of a short beam or post set upright.
- n. That which is placed at hazard as a wager; the sum of money or other valuable consideration which is deposited as a pledge or wager to be lost or won according to the issue of a contest or contingency.
- n. The prize in a contest of strength, skill, speed, or the like.
- n. An interest; something to gain or lose.
- n. The state of being laid or pledged as a wager; the state of being at hazard or in peril: preceded by at: as, his honor is at stake.
- n. The see or jurisdiction of a Mormon bishop.
- To wager; put at hazard or risk upon a future contingency; venture.
- n. A Middle English form of stack.
- n. The ling.
- n. The post or arm which carries the fixed or stationary jaw of a riveting-machine, and holds up the rivet against the pressure which upsets the metal and forms the head.
- n. 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.
- n. A slender rod, or stick, to be driven into the ground as a mark
- n. 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.
- n. with definite article The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- n. A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
- n. 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.
- n. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
- n. Mormonism A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
- v. transitive To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
- v. transitive To pierce or wound with a stake.
- v. transitive To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
- v. transitive, poker To provide another with money in order to play.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of wood, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support or stay
- n. A stick inserted upright in a loop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
- n. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
- n. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, -- used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
- n. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
- n. (Mormon Ch.) A territorial division; -- called also
stake of Zion.
- v. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes.
- v. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with
- v. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
- v. To pierce or wound with a stake.
- v. mark with a stake
- n. instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
- n. the money risked on a gamble
- v. place a bet on
- v. put at risk
- v. tie or fasten to a stake
- n. a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
- n. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
- n. a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
- v. kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole
- Old English staca (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English staca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Not that he wanted to drop his work, but a man owed something to his country, especially when he had what they called a stake in it -- to establish”
“The mans, him which drive the stake, is nevaire no more.”
“That alone should serve as sufficient motivation to those getting started in their careers to begin building a long-term stake in the market.”
“The $1 million of debt becomes $1 million of equity, but that stake is worth just 1% of the company.”
“Although he controls only a tiny share of the basketball franchise, his stake is trumpeted loudly in promotional materials for the related Atlantic Yards arena project, and he was prominently featured at its groundbreaking in Brooklyn, along with Governor Paterson.”
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“At stake is not just who gets in, but who stays in.”
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“*** Food Yashili International Holdings, a Chinese infant-formula maker in which U.S. investment firm Carlyle Group owns a stake, is planning to raise as much as $458 million in a initial public offering this month on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, according to people familiar with the plans.”
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