- stake [stāk]n.[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.2.a) the post to which a person was tied for execution by burningb) execution by burning3. a pole or post fitted upright into a socket, as at the edge of a railway flatcar, truck bed, etc. to help hold a load4. [often pl.] something, esp. money, bet, as in a wager, game, or contest5. [often pl.] a reward given a winner, as in a race; prize6. [pl., with sing. v.] a race in which a prize is offered7. 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 GRUBSTAKEvt.staked, staking☆ 1.a) to mark the location or boundaries of with or as with stakesb) to establish (a claim) in this way: often with out2. to support (a plant, etc.) by tying to a stake3. to hitch or tether to a stake4. [infl. by MDu staken, to fix, place] to risk or hazard; gamble; bet5. Informal to furnish with money or resources☆ 6. short for Informal GRUBSTAKE——————at stakebeing risked or hazarded; in danger of being lost, injured, etc.——————☆ pull up stakesInformal to change one's place of residence, business, etc.——————stake out1. 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 into close up (or in) with a fence of stakes
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.