Definitions of stake

  1. To fasten, or pierce with a stake: to mark the bounds of with stakes: to wager: to hazard.
  2. To fasten or pierce with a stake; mark the bounds of with stakes; wager; hazard.
  3. To fasten by means of a stake.
  4. To mark off with stakes.
  5. To put at hazard; wager; risk.
  6. place a bet on; " Which horse are you backing?"; " I'm betting on the new horse"
  7. mark with a stake; " stake out the path"
  8. tie or fasten to a stake; " stake your goat"
  9. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; to mark the limits by stakes; to wager; to pledge; to pierce with a stake.
  10. To mark the limits off by stakes; to wager; to pledge; to hazard.
  11. 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"
  12. instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
  13. ( law) 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"
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
  17. 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.
  18. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  19. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
  20. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake out land; to stake out a new road.
  21. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
  22. To pierce or wound with a stake.
  23. A territorial division; - called also stake of Zion.
  24. A post or strong stick sharpened at one end and fixed in the ground; formerly, a post to which a person condemned to be burnt was secured: hence, death by such burning; that which is pledged, wagered, or risked for loss or gain; the prize in any contest; small anvil.
  25. A strong stick pointed at one end: one of the upright pieces of a fence: a post to which an animal is tied, esp. that to which a martyr was tied to be burned: martyrdom: anything pledged in a wager.
  26. A sharpened stick or post; post to which persons were fastened to be tortured or burnt; martyrdom; anything pledged in a wager; pledge; interest.
  27. A stick or post sharpened for driving into the ground.
  28. A post to which a person was bound to be burned alive; martyrdom.
  29. Something wagered; a prize for competition.
  30. An interest.
  31. A small piece of wood sharpened at one end and set, or to be set, in the ground; a palisade; the piece of timber to which a martyr is fastened when he is to be burned; martyrdom; that which is pledged or wagered; the state of being pledged as a wager; a small anvil.
  32. A post or slab of wood sharpened at one end and firmly set in the ground, to which anything may be fastened; a piece of rough wood forming one of the uprights of a fence; martyrdom, because martyrs were bound to stakes when burnt; anything placed in the hands of another, particularly money, to wait the result of a wager.