Meaning of “stake out something” in the English Dictionary

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stake out something

phrasal verb with stake us /steɪk/ verb [ T ]

(CLAIM)

to claim ownership of or a particular interest in something:

All politicians will stake out lowering taxes as their very own idea.

stake out something

phrasal verb with stake us /steɪk/ verb [ T ]

(WATCH)

to secretly watch a place, esp. for illegal activity:

A group of reporters staked out the hallway, hoping to catch the singer on her way out.

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