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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stake:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stake:


Stake is sometimes a misspelling of scarcely or stack.

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Definition of the noun stake

What does stake mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: stakes

  1. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
    • example: a stake in the company's future
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of stake: interest
    • more generic words: part / percentage / portion / share = assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
    • more specific terms:
      • grubstake = funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits
      • controlling interest = ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares
      • insurable interest = an interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy
      • vested interest = an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another
      • security interest = any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation
      • terminable interest = an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions
      • undivided interest / undivided right = the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property
      • fee = an interest in land capable of being inherited
      • equity = the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation
      • reversion = an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period
      • right = the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing
  2. a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
    • example: the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of stake: post
    • more generic term: visual signal = a signal that involves visual communication
    • more specific terms:
  3. instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: instrument of execution = an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
  4. the money risked on a gamble
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of stake: bet / stakes / wager
    • more generic word: gamble = money that is risked for possible monetary gain
    • more specific words:
      • jackpot / kitty / pot = the cumulative amount involved in a game
      • ante = the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot
      • kitty / pool = the combined stakes of the betters
    • part of: pool = any communal combination of funds
  5. a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: post = an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position

Alternative definition of the noun stake


  1. A piece of wood or other material, 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.
  2. A slender rod, or stick, to be driven into the ground as a mark
  3. 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.
  4. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
  5. A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
  6. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
  7. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  8. [Mormonism] A territorial division.

Specialised definition of the noun stake

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the money wagered in a bet (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb stake

What does stake mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: staked | staking | stakes

  1. put at risk
  2. place a bet on
    • example: They stake the money
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of stake: back / bet on / gage / game / punt
    • more generic words: bet / play / wager = stake on the outcome of an issue
    • more specific terms:
  3. mark with a stake
    • example: stake out the path
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of stake: post
    • more generic word: mark = make or leave a mark on
  4. tie or fasten to a stake
    • example: stake your goat
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: fasten / fix / secure = cause to be firmly attached
  5. kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole
    • example: They want to stake the prisoners
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of stake: impale
    • more generic word: kill = cause to die
    • entailment: pierce = make a hole into

Alternative definition of the verb stake


  1. [transitive] To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
  2. [transitive] To pierce or wound with a stake.
  3. [transitive] To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
  4. [transitive, poker] To provide another with money in order to play.


Stake a.k.a. @stake: ATstake, Inc. was a computer security professional services company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in 1999 by Battery Ventures and Ted Julian. Its initial core team of technologists included Dan Geer and the east coast security team from Cambridge Technology Partners. In January 2000, @stake acquired L0pht Heavy Industries, bringing on Mudge as its Vice President of Research and Development. Its domain name was In July 2000, @stake acquired Cerberus Information Security Limited of London, England, from David and Mark Litchfield and Robert Stein-Rostaing, to be their launchpad into Europe, the Middle East and Africa. @stake was subsequently acquired by Symantec in 2004.


Stake is a fictional character in the 2009 film Stagger.


"Stake" is a book by Alfred Corn.

  • also known as "Stake: Poems, 1972-1992"


Stake: A stake is an administrative unit composed of multiple congregations in denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. A stake is approximately comparable to a deanery in the Catholic Church, or perhaps to a diocese in some other Christian denominations. The name "stake" derives from the verse "enlarge the place of thy tent; stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation; spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes". A stake is sometimes referred to as a stake of Zion.

Phrases with Stake

Phrases starting with the word Stake:

  1. Stake Out
  2. stake race
  3. stake driver
  4. Stake a Claim
  5. Stake of Zion

Phrases ending with the word Stake:

  1. at stake
  2. Torture stake
  3. burning at the stake

Other phrase containing the word Stake:

  1. To Stake a Claim

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stake

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Google previewDictionary of the American West (2008)

by Win Blevins

person (to supply someone with the means for a project such as prospecting; to grubstake someone), make or raise a stake (to earn some money, perhaps enough to start a business or otherwise get started in life), move stakes (change where ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Jewelry-making Techniques (1995)

by Jinks McGrath

Sinusoidal stake - a curved stainless steel mandrel which is held on its straight length in the vise, used for anticlastic raising. Anticlastic raising This process of anticlastic raising adds an extra dimension to forging. The word "anticlastic" means ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry (2007)

by Thomas A. Schwandt

Stake, R. E. The Art of Case Study Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995. Yin, R. Case Study Research, rev. ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1989. CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Also known as social or sociocultural anthropology, in the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1881)

by Richard Soule

Bet, stake, pledge, lay, wager. 2. Undertake (as war), carry on, engage in. Wager, n. Bet, stake, pledge. Wager, v. a. Bet, stake, pledge, lay, wage. Wager, v. n. Bet, lay a wager. Wages, n. pl. Hire, salary, pay, compensation, remuneration, ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

to face, to cover, to line ontheoutside ГАДАС stake, nail, peg, pile, алтан ~ (зееалтан гадас), ~ зоох to drive piles, ...

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Quotes about Stake

In the sequence where I am burned at the stake, everything was so casual and hazardous that the bottom of my dress caught fire, and the grips became hysterical as they tried to pull me off the stake. (Barbara Steele)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1K5E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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