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Dictionary definition for: Stake

1. (n) (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world" "a stake in the company''s future"

2. (v) put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"

3. (n) a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track) "a pair of posts marked the goal" "the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"

4. (v) place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?" "I''m betting on the new horse"

5. (n) instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning

6. (v) mark with a stake; "stake out the path"

7. (n) the money risked on a gamble

8. (v) tie or fasten to a stake; "stake your goat"

9. (v) kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"

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