Meaning of “at stake” in the English Dictionary

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"at stake" in British English

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at stake

C2 If something that is valuable is at stake, it is in a situation where it might be lost:

Thousands of lives will be at stake if emergency aid does not arrive in the city soon.

(Definition of “at stake” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at stake" in American English

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at stake

in danger of being lost:

About 3000 jobs are at stake if the company closes down.

(Definition of “at stake” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)