stake

stake
stake1 [ steık ] noun **
1. ) count a wooden or metal post with a pointed end that is used for supporting or marking something
a ) the stake a thick wooden pole that someone was tied to and burned in the past as a punishment:
be burned at the stake: Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431.
2. ) count an amount of money that you risk losing when you try to guess the result of a race or competition:
He liked gambling, but only for small stakes.
a ) stakes plural the things you can gain or lose by taking a risk, for example in business or politics:
high stakes (=a lot that could be won or lost): With such high stakes, the atmosphere was tense.
raise the stakes (=risk gaining or losing more): The Americans have raised the stakes in a bitter fight over imports.
3. ) count BUSINESS the part of a business that you own because you have invested money in it:
stake in: They took a 40% stake in the company last year.
a majority/minority stake (=more/less than half): RCS Video has bought a majority stake in Majestic Films International.
a ) usually singular the degree to which you are involved in something and want it to succeed:
have a stake in (doing) something: He has a huge stake in making the peace process work.
4. ) stakes plural used in the names of some horse races:
the Pimlico Stakes
a ) used for talking about a competition or comparison that seems like a race:
Who are the main contenders in the party leadership stakes?
in the popularity/fitness/beauty etc. stakes: They're running neck and neck in the popularity stakes.
at stake
1. ) likely to be lost or damaged if something fails:
People's lives are at stake.
2. ) used about important issues that are involved in a situation or could be decided by it:
Few voters had any idea of the issues at stake.
There are ancient rivalries at stake.
go to the stake for/over something MAINLY BRITISH
to defend a belief or idea even if you suffer as a result
pull up stakes AMERICAN INFORMAL
to leave a place and go to live somewhere else. British up sticks
stake
stake 2 [ steık ] verb transitive
to risk losing or damaging something valuable in order to obtain or achieve something: GAMBLE:
stake something on something: The government has staked its reputation on eliminating the deficit.
a. to risk money by BETTING it on the result of a race, competition, game, etc.:
stake something on something: They have staked a lot of money on the favorite.
stake a claim (to something)
to say or show clearly that you consider something is or should be yours:
Both sides were staking a claim to the land.
stake your life on something
used for saying that you are completely sure about something:
I'd stake my life on his loyalty.
,stake `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to stay outside a building and watch it, especially because something exciting or illegal is happening:
The police are staking out his home in case he returns.
2. ) stake out something to explain your opinion clearly and defend it in a determined way:
Political leaders are busy staking out their positions on this issue.
3. ) to mark an area with fences or posts to show that it belongs to someone:
The settlers would arrive in a place and immediately stake out their territory.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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