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Definition of STAKE

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Stake \Stake\ (st[=a]k), 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, etc. [1913 Webster]

              A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. A stick inserted upright in a loop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off. [1913 Webster]

     3. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     5. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge. [1913 Webster]

     6. (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 Encyc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {At stake}, in danger; hazarded; pledged. "I see my reputation is at stake." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stake \Stake\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staked} (st[=a]kd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staking}.]
     1. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants. [1913 Webster]

     2. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake out land; to stake out a new road. [1913 Webster]

     3. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge. [1913 Webster]

              I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     4. To pierce or wound with a stake. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

298 Moby Thesaurus words for "stake":
     Derby, Kentucky Derby, Kreis, Preakness Stakes, absolute interest, allotment, allowance, angel, ante, ante up, archbishopric, archdiocese, arrondissement, at hazard, at stake, ax, back, backing, bailiwick, bank, bankroll, benefit, bet, bet on, big end, bigger half, bishopric, bit, bite, block, bond, book, borough, bottomry, budget, cage, call, canton, capitalization, capitalize, caution, caution money, chain, chance, chase, chunk, circumscribe, city, claim, close in, close off, collateral, collateral security, column, commission, common, commune, concern, concerned, confine, congressional district, constablewick, contingent, contingent interest, county, cover, cross, cut, deal, death chair, death chamber, deficit financing, define, delimit, delineate, demarcate, depart, departement, deposit, destiny, diocese, district, dividend, dole, drop, duchy, easement, electoral district, electorate, electric chair, emigrate, enclose, end, equal share, equitable interest, equity, estate, fade, fasten, fate, fence, finance, financial backing, financial support, financing, flat race, forfeit, fund, funding, gallows, gallows-tree, gamble, game, gas chamber, gibbet, go bail, government, grubstake, guillotine, half, halter, halver, hamlet, handbook, handicap, handicap race, handsel, harness race, hazard, helping, hem in, hemp, hempen collar, hitch, hock, holding, horse race, hot seat, hundred, hurdle race, hypothecate, impignorate, impound, in jeopardy, interest, investment, involved, involvement, jackpot, jeopardize, jeopardized, kitty, lash, lay, lay a wager, lay down, leash, leave, leg, lethal chamber, limitation, lot, magistracy, maiden, make a bet, margin, mark off, mark out, measure, meed, meet a bet, mess, metropolis, metropolitan area, migrate, modicum, moiety, mortgage, move on, noose, oblast, okrug, on the table, outline, pale, paling, palisade, parish, parlay, part, pass, patronization, patronize, pawn, pay for, peg, pen, percentage, picket, piece, pike, pile, pillar, plate race, play, play against, pledge, plunge, pole, pool, portion, post, pot, precinct, principality, proportion, provide for, province, provision of capital, pull up stakes, punt, purse race, put, put in hock, put in pawn, put up, quantum, quarter-horse race, quota, rake-off, ration, refinance, region, resettle, riding, right, right of entry, risk, risked, rope, scaffold, secure, see, segment, set up, settlement, shank, share, sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shire, shot, shrievalty, shut in, slice, small share, soke, spike, spile, sponsor, sponsorship, spout, stake out, stake race, stakes, stand pat, state, stave, steeplechase, stick, stock, strict settlement, subsidize, subsidy, support, sweep, sweepstake, sweepstakes, territory, tether, the chair, tie up, tiger, title, town, township, tree, trotting race, trust, upright, use, venture, vested interest, village, wager, wall in, wapentake, ward

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