stake

stake
stake1
noun
1》 a strong post with a point at one end, driven into the ground to support a tree, form part of a fence, etc.
    ↘historical a wooden post to which a person was tied before being burned alive as a punishment.
2》 a small anvil, typically with a projection for fitting into a socket on a bench.
3》 a long vertical rod used in basket-making.
4》 a territorial division of the Mormon Church.
verb
1》 support (a plant) with a stake.
2》 (stake something out) mark an area with stakes so as to claim ownership.
    ↘defend a position or policy assertively.
3》 (stake someone/thing out) informal keep a person or place under surveillance.
Phrases
pull up stakes N. Amer. move or go to live elsewhere.
stake a claim assert one's right to something.
Origin
OE staca, of W. Gmc origin; related to stick2.
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stake2
noun
1》 a sum of money gambled on a risky game or venture.
2》 a share or interest in a business or situation.
3》 (stakes) prize money.
    ↘[in names] a horse race in which the owners of the horses running contribute to the prize money.
4》 (stakes) a competitive situation: one step ahead in the fashion stakes.
verb
1》 gamble (money or something of value).
2》 N. Amer. informal give financial or other support to.
Phrases
at stake
1》 at risk.
2》 at issue or in question.
Origin
ME: perh. a specialized usage of stake1, from the notion of an object being placed as a wager on a post or stake.

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