stake

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Singular
stake

Plural
stakes

  1. A stick or rod with a sharp point. A stake is usually hammered into the ground. Often, the stake is tied to rope to connect something (like a tent) to the ground.
    We used four stakes to hold down our tent.
    It is said a stake though the heart will kill a vampire.
    The heretic was burned at the stake. (He was tied to very large stake (a pole) to be burned to death.)
  2. If you have a stake in something it is important to you. Usually, this means it will affect you in some way, so you have a good reason to be interested.
    I had a personal stake in hunger relief, since family had no food.
    We all have a stake in finding peace.
    Our company has a big stake in the findings, since we spent a lot of money on the research.

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Plain form
stake

Third-person singular
stakes

Past tense
staked

Past participle
staked

Present participle
staking

  1. To put a stake into something. Most often, you would put the stake in the ground, but it could be put in something else.

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