[ steyk ]
/ steɪk /
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.
a post to which a person is bound for execution, usually by burning.
the stake, the punishment of death by burning: Joan of Arc was sentenced to the stake.
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.
Mormon Church. a division of ecclesiastical territory, consisting of a number of wards presided over by a president and two counselors.
verb (used with object), staked, stak·ing.
to mark with or as if with stakes (often followed by off or out): We staked out the boundaries of the garden.
to possess, claim, or reserve a share of (land, profit, glory, etc.) as if by marking or bounding with stakes (usually followed by out or off): I'm staking out ten percent of the profit for myself.
to separate or close off by a barrier of stakes.
to support with a stake or stakes, as a plant: to stake tomato vines.
to tether or secure to a stake, as an animal: They staked the goat in the back yard.
to fasten with a stake or stakes.
- to keep (a suspect) under police surveillance.
- to appoint (a police officer) to maintain constant watch over a suspect or place.
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Idioms for stake
pull up stakes, Informal. to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.; move: They pulled up stakes and went to California.
Origin of stake1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English staca pin; cognate with Dutch staak, German Stake, Old Norse -staki (in lȳsistaki candlestick); akin to stick1; (v.) Middle English staken to mark (land) with stakes, derivative of the noun
Words nearby stake
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British Dictionary definitions for stake-out (1 of 2)
/ (steɪk) /
a stick or metal bar driven into the ground as a marker, part of a fence, support for a plant, etc
one of a number of vertical posts that fit into sockets around a flat truck or railway wagon to hold the load in place
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
Mormon Church an administrative district consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president
pull up stakes to leave one's home or temporary resting place and move on
to tie, fasten, or tether with or to a stake
(often foll by out or off) to fence or surround with stakes
(often foll by out) to lay (a claim) to land, rights, etc
to support with a stake
Word Origin for stake
Old English staca pin; related to Old Frisian staka, Old High German stehho, Old Norse stjaki; see stick 1
British Dictionary definitions for stake-out (2 of 2)
/ (steɪk) /
the money or valuables that a player must hazard in order to buy into a gambling game or make a bet
an interest, often financial, held in somethinga stake in the company's future
(often plural) the money that a player has available for gambling
(often plural) a prize in a race, etc, esp one made up of contributions from contestants or owners
(plural) horse racing a race in which all owners of competing horses contribute to the prize money
US and Canadian informal short for grubstake (def. 1)
at stake at risktwo lives are at stake
raise the stakes
- to increase the amount of money or valuables hazarded in a gambling game
- to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusionthe Libyan allegations raised the stakes in the propaganda war between Libya and the United States
to hazard (money, etc) on a result
to invest in or support by supplying with money, etcto stake a business enterprise
Word Origin for stake
C16: of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with stake-out
In addition to the idioms beginning with stake
- stake a claim
- stake out
- at stake
- burn at the stake
- have a stake in
- pull up stakes
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