Definitions for: Stake

[n] instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
[n] a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track); "a pair of posts marked the goal"; "the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"
[n] a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"
[n] the money risked on a gamble
[v] place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
[v] kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"
[v] mark with a stake; "stake out the path"
[v] tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"
[v] put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"

Webster (1913) Definition: Stake, n. (Mormon Ch.)
A territorial division; -- called also stake of Zion.

Every city, or ``stake,'' including a chief town and
surrounding towns, has its president, with two
counselors; and this president has a high council of
chosen men. --Schaff-Herzog

Stake, n. [AS. staca, from the root of E. stick; akin to
OFries. & LG. stake, D. staak, Sw. stake, Dan. stage. See
Stick, v. t., and cf. Estacade, Stockade.]
1. 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,

A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --Dryden.

2. 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.

3. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be
burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.

4. 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.

5. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked
or hazarded; a pledge.

At stake, in danger; hazarded; pledged. ``I see my
reputation is at stake.'' --Shak.

Stake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staked; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake
vines or plants.

2. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake
out land; to stake out a new road.

3. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a
future contingency; to wager; to pledge.

I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.

4. To pierce or wound with a stake. --Spectator.

Synonyms: adventure, back, bet, bet on, gage, game, hazard, impale, interest, jeopardize, post, post, punt, stakes, venture, wager

See Also: ante, ante, bet, controlling interest, double up, equity, fasten, fee, fix, gamble, grubstake, instrument of execution, jackpot, kill, kitty, lay on the line, mark, parlay, part, percentage, pierce, play, pool, portion, pot, put on the line, reversion, right, risk, secure, security interest, share, starting post, terminable interest, undivided interest, undivided right, vested interest, visual signal, wager, winning post

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