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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
pull up stakes, stake out
Word Combinations (noun, verb)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sharpened or pointed post designed to be driven into the ground, as for a marker or support, or part of a fence.
We used stakes to hold our tent in place.
peg, picket, pile, post
definition 2: formerly, a large post to which someone sentenced to death by burning was bound.
The "witch" was sentenced to be burned at the stake.
definition 3: the punishment of being executed by burning.
She was sentenced to the stake for witchcraft.
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phrase: pull up stakes
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stakes, staking, staked
definition 1: to designate as a claim, boundary, or property, using or as if using stakes (often fol. by "off" or "out").
The soldiers staked out an area that could be used for a camp.We went ahead and staked out a good spot on the beach.
circumscribe, delimit, demarcate, mark off, picket
similar words:
bound, define, enclose, fence, girdle
definition 2: to give support to by tying to, or leaning against, a stake.
He staked the bean plant.
brace, prop, stay, support
similar words:
lash, moor, secure, tether, tie
definition 3: to attach or tie to, or secure with, a stake.
We staked the goat outside the barn.
peg, tether
similar words:
hitch, lash, moor, post, tie
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phrase: stake out