Stake - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |steɪk|  American pronunciation of the word stake
Brit.  |steɪk|  British pronunciation of the word stake


- (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something(syn: interest)
- a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)(syn: post)
- instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
- the money risked on a gamble (syn: bet, stakes, wager)
- a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground


- put at risk(syn: adventure, hazard, jeopardize, venture)
- place a bet on (syn: back, gage, game, punt)
- mark with a stake(syn: post)
- tie or fasten to a stake
- kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole (syn: impale)


Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

a poker game with high stakes

The stakes are too high.

We found the garden completely fenced with stout stakes.

They were playing for high stakes.

Foolishly, he staked all his possessions on the result of the card game.

He holds a 51% stake in the firm.

For a dollar stake, you can win up to $1,000,000.

Drive two stakes into the ground about three feet apart.

Kevin is staking his reputation on the success of the project.

Jim staked his whole fortune on one card game.

Young trees have to be staked.

A corner of the field has been staked off.

Joan died at the stake

The government has cut its stake in the firm to 72% from 100%.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stake
he/she/it: stakes
present participle: staking
past tense: staked
past participle: staked
singular: stake
plural: stakes
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