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stake2

stake2

 
pronunciation:
steIk
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
at stake
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one's economic or emotional share or interest in something.
synonyms:
interest, investment, portion, share, stock
similar words:
venture
definition 2: (often pl.) that which is given to the winner of a competition; purse.
synonyms:
jackpot, pot, prize, purse
definition 3: (often pl.) anything valuable that can be won or lost.
The stakes in this election are very high.
synonyms:
payoff, reward
definition 4: a bet, as in a card game or horse race.
synonyms:
bet, wager
phrase: at stake
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: staked, stakes, staking
definition 1: to take the chance of losing; risk.
I staked all my money on that horse.
synonyms:
hazard, pawn, risk, venture, wager
similar words:
bet, chance, lay, speculate
definition 2: to give money or supplies to (someone) for some specific purpose; finance; grubstake.
synonyms:
back, bankroll, finance, subsidize, underwrite
similar words:
capitalize, grubstake, sponsor, support
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word steak? Stake and steak sound alike but have different meanings. To learn why you might have trouble with raccoons and bears if you pitch your tent using steaks, look up steak.