stake [stāk]
[ME < OE staca, akin to Frank * stakka: see STICK]
1. a length of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground, as for marking a boundary, supporting a plant, etc.
a) the post to which a person was tied for execution by burning
b) execution by burning
3. a pole or post fitted upright into a socket, as at the edge of a railway flatcar, truck bed, etc. to help hold a load
4. [often pl.] something, esp. money, bet, as in a wager, game, or contest
5. [often pl.] a reward given a winner, as in a race; prize
6. [pl., with sing. v.] a race in which a prize is offered
7. a share or interest, as in property, a person, or a business venture
8. Mormon Ch. a geographical area made up of a number of wards
9. short for Informal GRUBSTAKE
staked, staking
a) to mark the location or boundaries of with or as with stakes
b) to establish (a claim) in this way: often with out
2. to support (a plant, etc.) by tying to a stake
3. to hitch or tether to a stake
4. [infl. by MDu staken, to fix, place] to risk or hazard; gamble; bet
5. Informal to furnish with money or resources
6. short for Informal GRUBSTAKE
at stake
being risked or hazarded; in danger of being lost, injured, etc.
☆ pull up stakes
Informal to change one's place of residence, business, etc.
stake out
1. to station (police officers, detectives, etc.) for surveillance of a suspected criminal, a place, etc.
2. to put (a suspected criminal, a place, etc.) under such surveillance
stake up or stake in
to close up (or in) with a fence of stakes

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