Definition of stake out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

stake out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to clearly mark the limits of something that you claim is yours
  2. 2to state your opinion, position, etc. on something very clearly The President staked out his position on the issue.
  3. 3to watch a place secretly, especially for signs of illegal activity Detectives had been staking out the house for several weeks. related noun stake-out