high-stakes Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “high-stakes” in the English Dictionary

"high-stakes" in British English

See all translations

high-stakesadjective [before noun]

/ˌhaɪˈsteɪks/ /ˌhaɪˈsteɪks/
involving the possible loss of a large amount of money: a high-stakes poker game
involving serious risks if there is no success: a high-stakes negotiation
specialized education A high-stakes test is one that is very important for the person who takes it.
(Definition of high-stakes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"high-stakes" in Business English

See all translations

high-stakesadjective [usually before noun]

uk   us  
used to describe a situation that has a lot of risk and in which someone is likely to either get or lose an advantage, a lot of money, etc.: The company has made some high-stakes investments in an attempt to transform itself into a multibrand empire.high-stakes battle/contest/negotiations What we have is a high-stakes battle for control of one of the world's most lucrative markets.
(Definition of high-stakes from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of high-stakes?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “high-stakes”

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day


Ultraviolet light has a wavelength that is after the violet (= light purple) end of the range of colours that can be seen by humans. Light of this type causes the skin to become darker in the sun.

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More