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stake

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[ steyk ]
/ steɪk /
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noun
verb (used with object), staked, stak·ing.
Verb Phrases
stake out,
  1. to keep (a suspect) under police surveillance.
  2. to appoint (a police officer) to maintain constant watch over a suspect or place.
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Idioms about 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 stake

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First recorded beforebefore 900; Middle English noun stak(e), stack(e), Old English staca “pin, stake”; cognate with Dutch staak, German Stake, Old Norse -staki (in lȳsistaki “candlestick”); akin to stick1; verb derivative of the noun

Other definitions for stake (2 of 2)

stake2
[ steyk ]
/ steɪk /

noun
verb (used with object), staked, stak·ing.
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.
to furnish (someone) with necessaries or resources, especially money: They staked me to a good meal and a train ticket.

Origin of stake

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First recorded in 1530–40; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for stake (1 of 2)

stake1
/ (steɪk) /

noun
verb (tr)

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 (2 of 2)

stake2
/ (steɪk) /

noun
verb (tr)
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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