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stake

noun [C]  /steɪk/ us  

stake noun [C] (SHARE)

a share in something, esp. a financial share in a business, or an emotional investment in something: He holds a 20% stake in the company. Parents have a large stake in their children’s education. In an activity or competition, the stakes are the costs or risks involved in competing: Global competition has raised the stakes of doing business.

stake noun [C] (RISK)

the amount of money that you risk on the result of a game or competition: Almost everyone has a stake in the global economy these days.

stake noun [C] (POLE)

a thick, strong, pointed wood or metal pole pushed into the ground and used to mark a spot or to support something: Stakes in the ground marked the outline of the new building.
Idioms

stake

verb [T]  /steɪk/ us  

stake verb [T] (RISK)

to risk harming or losing something important: He has talent and ambition, and I’d stake my reputation on his success.

stake verb [T] (FASTEN TO POLE)

to fasten something to a stake: Tomato plants should be staked soon after they are planted.
(Definition of stake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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