See also: Stake and stäke

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English stake, from Old English staca (pin, tack, stake), from Proto-Germanic *stakô (stake), from Proto-Indo-European *stog-, *steg- (stake). Cognate with Scots stak, staik, Saterland Frisian Stak, West Frisian staak, Dutch staak, Low German Stake, Norwegian stake.

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stake (plural stakes)

  1. A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
    We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
  2. (croquet) A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
  3. A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
  4. (with definite article) The piece of timber to which a person condemned to death was affixed to be burned.
    Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 106:
      However, the word "witch" came to be applied almost exclusively to women who [...] were usually old and ugly, and for this reason many unfortunate old ladies, whose only crimes were loneliness and a lack of beauty, went to the stake.
  5. A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
    The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
  6. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  7. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching hole in or cutting a work piece, or for specific forming techniques etc.
  8. (Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
    • (Can we date this quote by Schaff-Herzog Encyc. and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.

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stake (third-person singular simple present stakes, present participle staking, simple past and past participle staked)

  1. (transitive) To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
    to stake vines or plants
  2. (transitive) To pierce or wound with a stake.
    • 1861, George Eliot, Silas Marner:
      You see, I'd made a bargain with him to buy the horse for a hundred and twenty—a swinging price, but I always liked the horse. And what does he do but go and stake him—fly at a hedge with stakes in it, atop of a bank with a ditch before it.
    • 2014, A. J. Gallant, Dracula: Hearts of Stone
      “You ladies happen to notice what happened to this vampire? This just happened. Did you see who staked him?”
  3. (transitive) To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
    • 1709, Alexander Pope, Pastorals, Spring:
      I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
  4. (transitive) To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
    John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to stake him.
    His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.

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Further readingEdit

  • stake” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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stake

  1. (archaic) singular past subjunctive of steken
  2. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of staken

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English staca, from Proto-Germanic *stakô.

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stake (plural stakes)

  1. A stake; wood put in the ground as a marker or support.
  2. A fencepost; a stake used in concert to form a barrier.
  3. A branch or bough; an extension of a tree.
  4. A stave or stick; a cut (and often shaped) piece of wood.
  5. (rare) A prickle or splint.
  6. (rare) A metal bar or pole.
  7. (rare) A stabbing feeling.
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  • English: stake
  • Scots: stak, staik
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Etymology 2Edit

From the noun.

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stake

  1. Alternative form of staken

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Swedish staki, from Old Norse staki, from Proto-Germanic *stakô, from Proto-Indo-European *steg-.

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stake c

  1. (short for ljusstake) candlestick
  2. (vulgar) erection
  3. (vulgar) erect penis
  4. (slang, uncountable) balls; courage, assertiveness

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Declension of stake 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative stake staken stakar stakarna
Genitive stakes stakens stakars stakarnas

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