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  1. stake
    IPA[stāk]
  2. noun

    • 1. a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end, driven into the ground to support a tree, form part of a fence, act as a boundary mark, etc.

    • 2. a wooden post to which a person was tied before being burned alive as a punishment:

      Bishop Ridley was burned at the stake
    • 3. a long vertical rod used in basket-making.

    • 4. a metalworker's small anvil, typically with a projection for fitting into a socket on a bench.

    • 5. a territorial division of the Mormon Church under the jurisdiction of a president.

    verb

    • 1. support (a tree or plant) with a stake or stakes:

      the gladioli were staked in gaudy ranks vigorous plants need staking
      Synonym : prop up, tie up, tether, support, hold up, bolster up, brace, buttress, reinforce, truss, stay
    • 2. mark an area with stakes so as to claim ownership of it:

      the boundary between the two ranches was properly staked out the local dog staked out his territory
    • 3. be assertive in defining and defending a position or policy:

      Elena was staking out a role for herself as a formidable political force
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: stake, plural noun: stakes

    • v.: verb: stake, 3rd person present: stakes, gerund or present participle: staking, past tense: staked, past participle: staked

    • noun

      a sum of money or something else of value gambled on the outcome of a risky game or venture:

      a share or interest in a business, situation, or system:

    • verb

      gamble (money or something else of value) on the outcome of a game or race:

      give financial or other support to:

    • noun

      a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end, driven into the ground to support a plant, form part of a fence, mark a boundary, etc.

      a wooden post to which a person was tied before being burned alive as a punishment:

    • verb

      support (a plant) with a stake or stakes:

      mark an area with stakes so as to claim ownership of it:

    • noun

      a sum of money or something else of value gambled on the outcome of a risky game or venture:

      a share or interest in a business, situation, or system:

    • verb

      gamble (money or something else of value) on the outcome of a game or race:

      give financial or other support to:

    • to be won or lost; at risk

      at issue or in question

    • noun

      a body for a truck having a flat open platform with removable posts along the sides.
    • at risk

      at issue or in question

    • noun

      a fishing net hung on stakes.
    • noun

      a period of secret surveillance of a building or an area by police in order to observe someone's activities:
    • noun

      a body for a lorry having a flat open platform with removable posts along the sides.
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