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STAKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stake mean? 

STAKE (noun)
  The noun STAKE has 4 senses:

1. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
2. a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
3. instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
4. the money risked on a gamble

  Familiarity information: STAKE used as a noun is uncommon.


STAKE (verb)
  The verb STAKE has 5 senses:

1. put at risk
2. place a bet on
3. mark with a stake
4. tie or fasten to a stake
5. kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

  Familiarity information: STAKE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


STAKE (noun)


Sense 1stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

stake; interest

Context examples:

they have interests all over the world / a stake in the company's future

Hypernyms ("stake" is a kind of...):

part; percentage; portion; share (assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stake"):

right ((frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing)

reversion ((law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee))

equity (the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation)

fee (an interest in land capable of being inherited)

undivided interest; undivided right (the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property)

terminable interest (an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions)

security interest (any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation)

vested interest ((law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another)

insurable interest (an interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy; an interest in the survival of the insured or in the preservation of the thing that is insured)

controlling interest (ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares)

grubstake (funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits)


Sense 2stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

stake; post

Context examples:

a pair of posts marked the goal / the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake

Hypernyms ("stake" is a kind of...):

visual signal (a signal that involves visual communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stake"):

starting post (a post marking the starting point of a race (especially a horse race))

winning post (the post at the end of a racecourse)


Sense 3stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("stake" is a kind of...):

instrument of execution (an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person)


Sense 4stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The money risked on a gamble

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

stakes; bet; wager; stake

Hypernyms ("stake" is a kind of...):

gamble (money that is risked for possible monetary gain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stake"):

kitty; pool (the combined stakes of the betters)

ante ((poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot)

jackpot; kitty; pot (the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker))

Holonyms ("stake" is a part of...):

pool (any communal combination of funds)


STAKE (verb)


Sense 1stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put at risk

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

stake; adventure; hazard; jeopardize; venture

Context example:

I will stake my good reputation for this

Hypernyms (to "stake" is one way to...):

lay on the line; put on the line; risk (expose to a chance of loss or damage)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place a bet on

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

game; gage; bet on; stake; punt; back

Context examples:

Which horse are you backing? / I'm betting on the new horse

Hypernyms (to "stake" is one way to...):

bet; play; wager (stake on the outcome of an issue)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stake"):

ante (place one's stake)

double up; parlay (stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s on something

Sentence example:

They stake the money


Sense 3stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mark with a stake

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

stake; post

Context example:

stake out the path

Hypernyms (to "stake" is one way to...):

mark (make or leave a mark on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tie or fasten to a stake

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

stake your goat

Hypernyms (to "stake" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5stake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

impale; stake

Context example:

the enemies were impaled and left to die

Hypernyms (to "stake" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

"Stake" entails doing...:

pierce (make a hole into)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Sentence example:

They want to stake the prisoners


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