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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" [syn: interest]
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" [syn: post]
3 instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
4 the money risked on a gamble [syn: stakes, bet, wager]


1 put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this" [syn: venture, hazard, adventure, jeopardize]
2 place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse" [syn: bet on, back, gage, game, punt]
3 mark with a stake; "stake out the path" [syn: post]
4 tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"
5 kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die" [syn: impale]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /steɪk/


Old English staca


  1. 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; as, a stake to support vines, fences, hedges, etc.
    A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --Dryden
    A piece of wood driven in the ground used in the game of croquet. The stake, often referred to as the peg, is placed in the middle of the court and is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
  2. 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.
  3. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
  4. A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
  5. 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.
  6. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  7. A territorial division.
    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.

Related terms

* at stake


piece of wood
  • Albanian: hu
  • Catalan: pal , estaca
  • Chinese: 鐵砧, 铁砧
  • Croatian: kolac
  • Czech: kůl , tyčka , kolík
  • Dutch: staak
  • Finnish: seiväs
  • French: pieu
  • German: Pfahl, Pflock
  • Greek: πάσσαλος
  • Hungarian: karó
  • Italian: palo
  • Japanese: 棒
  • Korean: 말뚝
  • Malay: galah
  • Polish: pal
  • Portuguese: estaca
  • Romanian: par
  • Russian: кол, столб, подпорка
  • Spanish: estaca
  • Swedish: stör, påle
  • Turkish: kazık
stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart
  • Russian: щеколда
timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned
share or interest in a business
  • Russian: доля, процент, участие
wager or pledge
  • Finnish: panos
  • Polish: stawka
  • Russian: ставка
  • Czech: kůl
  • Russian: кол (kol)


  1. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
  2. To pierce or wound with a stake.
  3. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
    I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays. --Pope.
  4. In the context of "transitive|poker": To provide another with money in order to play.
    John went broke, so in order to play Jill had to stake him

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Stake may refer to:
  • In business, a stake is a share of ownership of a company.
  • Stake: Fortune Fighters, the 2003 Xbox game
  • Stake (Latter Day Saints), an administrative unit of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Latter Day Saint denominations
  • Stake (lawn game) is a popular lawn game played by 2 or more persons by throwing a metal spike in to the ground.
  • Sudis (stake), field fortification carried by Roman legionaries
  • In folklore and mythology, a wooden stake, like silver bullets, have special powers to kill monsters via impalement. See vampire, werewolf
  • Execution by burning, to ancient Christians, a stake was a pole to which people accused of heresy or witchcraft were tied and "burned at the stake"
  • In gambling, a stake is the quantity of money or other goods that is risked on the outcome of some specific event
    • As a result, many horse races' names end in the word "Stakes", causing metaphoric usages such as "an animal winning the reproduction stakes".
  • A torture stake, a method of execution similar to crucifixion using a single pole or stake in lieu of a cross, killing the victim by asphyxiation. See impalement.
  • A stake is a long, pointed object thrust into the ground. Stakes have many applications, such as demarcating a small plot of land, anchoring guy ropes for a tent or other portable structure, or slowly releasing fertilizer to aid the growth of plants, and in mythology slaying a vampire
  • A stake is a polished iron shape, very firmly mounted, used by silversmiths in the manner of a blacksmith's anvil
  • "Stakes" is the established acronym for the official research bureau of welfare and health in Finland.


stake in German: Pfahl
stake in Spanish: Estaca

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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