"stakes" in the noun sense
1. interest, stake
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. post, stake
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"
instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
4. stake, stakes, bet, wager
the money risked on a gamble
a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground
"stakes" in the verb sense
1. venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardize
put at risk
"I will stake my good reputation for this"
2. bet on, back, gage, stake, game, punt
place a bet on
"Which horse are you backing?"
"I'm betting on the new horse"
3. stake, post
mark with a stake
"stake out the path"
tie or fasten to a stake
"stake your goat"
5. impale, stake
kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole
"the enemies were impaled and left to die"
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