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English noun: stake

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

SamplesThey have interests all over the world.
A stake in the company's future.


Broader (hypernym)part, percentage, portion, share

Narrower (hyponym)controlling interest, equity, fee, grubstake, insurable interest, reversion, right, security interest, terminable interest, undivided interest, undivided right, vested interest

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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

SamplesA pair of posts marked the goal.
The corner of the lot was indicated by a stake.


Broader (hypernym)visual signal

Narrower (hyponym)starting post, winning post

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

Broader (hypernym)instrument of execution

4. stake (possession) the money risked on a gamble

Synonymsbet, stakes, wager

Broader (hypernym)gamble

Narrower (hyponym)ante, jackpot, kitty, kitty, pool, pot

Part meronympool

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

Broader (hypernym)post

English verb: stake

1. stake (social) put at risk

SamplesI will stake my good reputation for this.

Synonymsadventure, hazard, jeopardize, venture

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lay on the line, put on the line, risk

2. stake (competition) place a bet on

SamplesWhich horse are you backing?.
I'm betting on the new horse.

ExamplesThey stake the money

Synonymsback, bet on, gage, game, punt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s on something

Broader (hypernym)bet, play, wager

Narrower (hyponym)ante, double up, parlay

3. stake (contact) mark with a stake

SamplesStake out the path.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mark

4. stake (contact) tie or fasten to a stake

SamplesStake your goat.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

5. stake (contact) kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

SamplesThe enemies were impaled and left to die.

ExamplesThey want to stake the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)kill


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