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.
sett (def 2).
verb (used with object), staked, staking.
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.
pull up stakes, Informal. to leave one’s job, place of residence, etc.; move:
They pulled up stakes and went to California.
something that is wagered in a game, race, or contest.
a monetary or commercial interest, investment, share, or involvement in something, as in hope of gain:
I have a big stake in the success of the firm.
a personal or emotional concern, interest, involvement, or share:
Parents have a big stake in their children’s happiness.
the funds with which a gambler operates.
Often, stakes. a prize, reward, increase in status, etc., in or as if in a contest.
stakes, Poker. the cash values assigned to the various colored chips, various bets, and raises:
Our stakes are 5, 10, and 25 cents: you can bet out 10 cents on a pair and reraise twice at 25 cents.
verb (used with object), staked, staking.
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.
at stake, in danger of being lost, as something that has been wagered; critically involved.
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
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 something: a stake in the company’s future
(often pl) the money that a player has available for gambling
(often pl) a prize in a race, etc, esp one made up of contributions from contestants or owners
(pl) (horse racing) a race in which all owners of competing horses contribute to the prize money
(US & Canadian, informal) short for grubstake (sense 1)
at stake, at risk: two 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 conclusion: the 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, etc: to stake a business enterprise
- Stake a claim
Also, stake out a claim. Indicate something as one’s own, as in I’m staking a claim to the drumstick, or She staked out a claim for herself in the insurance business. This term, dating from the mid-1800s, originally meant “register a claim to land by marking it with stakes.” It was being used figuratively by […]
noun 1. an anchored boat to which barges or other boats are temporarily moored. 2. an anchored boat used as a turning point in races.
noun 1. an open truck body having a platform with sockets at the edge into which upright stakes may be placed to form a fence around a load.
noun 1. Llano Estacado. Llano Estacado [lah-noh es-tuh-kah-doh, lan-oh] /ˈlɑ noʊ ˌɛs təˈkɑ doʊ, ˈlæn oʊ/ noun 1. a large plateau in the SW United States, in W Texas and SE New Mexico: cattle-grazing region. About 1000–5000 feet (300–1500 meters) above sea level. Llano Estacado /ˈlɑːnəʊ ˌɛstəˈkɑːdəʊ/ noun 1. the S part of the Great […]