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 for stake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stake \Stake\ (st[=a]k), n. [AS. staca, from the root of E.
     stick; akin to OFries. & LG. stake, D. staak, Sw. stake, Dan.
     stage. See Stick, v. t., and cf. Estacade, Stockade.]
     1. A piece of wood, usually long and slender, pointed at one
        end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support
        or stay; as, a stake to support vines, fences, hedges,
        etc.
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              A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --Dryden.
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     2. A stick inserted upright in a loop, eye, or mortise, at
        the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to
        prevent goods from falling off.
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     3. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be
        burned; hence, martyrdom by fire.
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     4. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a
        hole in a bench top, -- used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths,
        etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
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     5. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked
        or hazarded; a pledge.
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     6. (Mormon Ch.) A territorial division; -- called also stake
        of Zion.
  
              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.                           --Schaff-Herzog
                                                    Encyc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     At stake, in danger; hazarded; pledged. "I see my
        reputation is at stake." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stake \Stake\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staked (st[=a]kd); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Staking.]
     1. To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake
        vines or plants.
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     2. To mark the limits of by stakes; -- with out; as, to stake
        out land; to stake out a new road.
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     3. To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a
        future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
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              I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
                                                    --Pope.
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     4. To pierce or wound with a stake. --Spectator.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  298 Moby Thesaurus words for "stake":
     Derby, Kentucky Derby, Kreis, Preakness Stakes, absolute interest,
     allotment, allowance, angel, ante, ante up, archbishopric,
     archdiocese, arrondissement, at hazard, at stake, ax, back,
     backing, bailiwick, bank, bankroll, benefit, bet, bet on, big end,
     bigger half, bishopric, bit, bite, block, bond, book, borough,
     bottomry, budget, cage, call, canton, capitalization, capitalize,
     caution, caution money, chain, chance, chase, chunk, circumscribe,
     city, claim, close in, close off, collateral, collateral security,
     column, commission, common, commune, concern, concerned, confine,
     congressional district, constablewick, contingent,
     contingent interest, county, cover, cross, cut, deal, death chair,
     death chamber, deficit financing, define, delimit, delineate,
     demarcate, depart, departement, deposit, destiny, diocese,
     district, dividend, dole, drop, duchy, easement,
     electoral district, electorate, electric chair, emigrate, enclose,
     end, equal share, equitable interest, equity, estate, fade, fasten,
     fate, fence, finance, financial backing, financial support,
     financing, flat race, forfeit, fund, funding, gallows,
     gallows-tree, gamble, game, gas chamber, gibbet, go bail,
     government, grubstake, guillotine, half, halter, halver, hamlet,
     handbook, handicap, handicap race, handsel, harness race, hazard,
     helping, hem in, hemp, hempen collar, hitch, hock, holding,
     horse race, hot seat, hundred, hurdle race, hypothecate,
     impignorate, impound, in jeopardy, interest, investment, involved,
     involvement, jackpot, jeopardize, jeopardized, kitty, lash, lay,
     lay a wager, lay down, leash, leave, leg, lethal chamber,
     limitation, lot, magistracy, maiden, make a bet, margin, mark off,
     mark out, measure, meed, meet a bet, mess, metropolis,
     metropolitan area, migrate, modicum, moiety, mortgage, move on,
     noose, oblast, okrug, on the table, outline, pale, paling,
     palisade, parish, parlay, part, pass, patronization, patronize,
     pawn, pay for, peg, pen, percentage, picket, piece, pike, pile,
     pillar, plate race, play, play against, pledge, plunge, pole, pool,
     portion, post, pot, precinct, principality, proportion,
     provide for, province, provision of capital, pull up stakes, punt,
     purse race, put, put in hock, put in pawn, put up, quantum,
     quarter-horse race, quota, rake-off, ration, refinance, region,
     resettle, riding, right, right of entry, risk, risked, rope,
     scaffold, secure, see, segment, set up, settlement, shank, share,
     sheriffalty, sheriffwick, shire, shot, shrievalty, shut in, slice,
     small share, soke, spike, spile, sponsor, sponsorship, spout,
     stake out, stake race, stakes, stand pat, state, stave,
     steeplechase, stick, stock, strict settlement, subsidize, subsidy,
     support, sweep, sweepstake, sweepstakes, territory, tether,
     the chair, tie up, tiger, title, town, township, tree,
     trotting race, trust, upright, use, venture, vested interest,
     village, wager, wall in, wapentake, ward
  
  

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