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Meaning & Definition of Stake in English

English

Stake

/stek/

noun

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • interest
  • ,
  • stake

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • post
  • ,
  • stake

3. Instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning

    synonym:
  • stake

4. The money risked on a gamble

    synonym:
  • stake
  • ,
  • stakes
  • ,
  • bet
  • ,
  • wager

5. A strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground

    synonym:
  • stake

verb

1. Put at risk

  • "I will stake my good reputation for this"
    synonym:
  • venture
  • ,
  • hazard
  • ,
  • adventure
  • ,
  • stake
  • ,
  • jeopardize

2. Place a bet on

  • "Which horse are you backing?"
  • "I'm betting on the new horse"
    synonym:
  • bet on
  • ,
  • back
  • ,
  • gage
  • ,
  • stake
  • ,
  • game
  • ,
  • punt

3. Mark with a stake

  • "Stake out the path"
    synonym:
  • stake
  • ,
  • post

4. Tie or fasten to a stake

  • "Stake your goat"
    synonym:
  • stake

5. Kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

  • "The enemies were impaled and left to die"
    synonym:
  • impale
  • ,
  • stake

Examples of using

Mary was burned at the stake.
I felt that my honor was at stake.