- [noun] (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"
- [noun] a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track); "a pair of posts marked the goal"; "the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"
- [noun] instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
- [noun] the money risked on a gamble
Synonyms: bet, wager
- [verb] put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
Synonyms: venture, hazard, adventure, jeopardize
- [verb] place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
Synonyms: bet on, back, gage, game, punt
- [verb] mark with a stake; "stake out the path"
- [verb] tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"
- [verb] kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"