Noun(1) (law(2) a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track(3) instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning(4) the money risked on a gamble(5) a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
Verb(1) put at risk(2) place a bet on(3) mark with a stake(4) tie or fasten to a stake(5) kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole
(1) it was risky to stake his reputation on one big success(2) Bendini & Shaw's owner, Harry O'Kelly, took a 25 per cent stake in the enlarged business.(3) You can stake this tree when young to give it more height, or, as I did, simply allow it to flow through the bed like a green wave.(4) With a 35 per cent stake in the business, Martin was once worth Ôö¼├║35 million.(5) Finally, stake the tree for at least a year, allowing new anchoring roots to develop.(6) Keep gladiolus watered and fertilize regularly; stake taller varieties.(7) Use a plumb bob and chalk to transfer each mark from the string to the ground, and drive a stake to mark the center of each post position.(8) As well as the common method of weaving baskets on a stake and strand principle, Jane also makes coiled, plaited, interlaced and frame baskets.(9) Those who do have a stake in the current system - the teachers' union, for example - point to the schools' bad condition as a reason for the government to appropriate more money.(10) Recent studies at the University of California at Davis have shown that most people stake their young trees needlessly and for too long.(11) A number of Lake District private investors have taken a 30 per cent stake in the business, freeing up cash for further growth.(12) Shivering slightly, I tied the horse's well-used rein to a rotting stake in the wooden fence and stepped inside.(13) It has proven to be successful in accommodating the differing interests that have a stake in the legislative process.(14) The joint ventures in a number of Scottish cities will operate under the Quality Street brand, but local partners will have a stake in the business.(15) Independent advisors often offer an impressive level of personal service because they have a stake in the business.(16) Whatever the final outcome of the case, the delay in the ruling will provide time for deals to be struck by financial interests that have a stake in the dispute.