[ steyk ]
/ steɪk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. stairmaster,
  2. stairs,
  3. stairstep,
  4. stairway,
  5. stairwell,
  6. stake a claim,
  7. stake boat,
  8. stake body,
  9. stake horse,
  10. stake out


    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

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

SYNONYMS FOR stake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for the stake


/ (steɪk) /


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


/ (steɪk) /


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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Word Origin and History for the stake
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Idioms and Phrases with the stake

the stake

see burn at the stake.


In addition to the idioms beginning with stake

  • stake a claim
  • stake out

also see:

  • at stake
  • burn at the stake
  • have a stake in
  • pull up stakes
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