(noun, verb)


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

- a stake in the company's future

Similar word(s): interest

Definition categories: possession, part, percentage, portion, share

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

- the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake

Similar word(s): post

Definition categories: communication

3. instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning

Definition categories: man–made

4. the money risked on a gamble

Similar word(s): bet, stakes, wager

Definition categories: possession, gamble

5. a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground

Definition categories: man–made, post

Sentences with stake as a noun:

- We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.

- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake.

- The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.


1. put at risk

- I will stake my good reputation for this

Similar word(s): adventure, hazard, jeopardize, venture

Definition categories: social, risk

2. place a bet on

Similar word(s): back, gage, game, punt

Definition categories: competition, bet, play, wager

3. mark with a stake

- stake out the path

Similar word(s): post

Definition categories: contact, mark

4. tie or fasten to a stake

- stake your goat

Definition categories: contact, fasten, fix, secure

5. kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

Similar word(s): impale

Definition categories: contact, kill

Sentences with stake as a verb:

- to stake vines or plants.

- John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to stake him.

- His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.