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Stake - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Stake' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Stake [ v. t.]
- 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 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.
- The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
- A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, -- used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
- That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
- To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
- To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake out land; to stake out a new road.
- To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
- To pierce or wound with a stake.

Meaning of 'Stake' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . stake [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
Example in sentence:
  • a pair of posts marked the goal;
  • the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake
Meaning (2):
- (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
Example in sentence:
  • a stake in the company's future;
  • they have interests all over the world
3 . stake [ v]
Meaning (3):
- put at risk
Example in sentence:
  • I will stake my good reputation for this
Meaning (4):
- place a bet on
Example in sentence:
  • I'm betting on the new horse;
  • Which horse are you backing?
Meaning (5):
- mark with a stake
Example in sentence:
  • stake out the path
Meaning (6):
- tie or fasten to a stake
Example in sentence:
  • stake your goat
Meaning (7):
- kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole
Example in sentence:
  • the enemies were impaled and left to die