- 1stake something (on something) to risk money or something important on the result of something synonym bet He staked £25 on the favourite (= for example, in horse racing). She staked her political career on tax reform, and lost. That's him over there—I'd stake my life on it (= I am completely confident).
- 2stake something (up) to support something with a stake (1) to stake newly planted trees The young trees should be staked after planting. Word Originverb sense 1 late Middle English: perhaps a specialized usage of stake ‘post’ from the notion of an object being placed as a wager on a post or stake. verb sense 2 Old English staca, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch staak, also to the verb stick.Idioms to say or show publicly that you think something should be yours Adams staked his claim for a place in the Olympic team with his easy win yesterday. Phrasal Verbsstake somethingout
BrE BrE//steɪk//; NAmE NAmE//steɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stake
BrE BrE//steɪk//; NAmE NAmE//steɪk//he / she / it stakes
BrE BrE//steɪks//; NAmE NAmE//steɪks//past simple staked
BrE BrE//steɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//steɪkt//past participle staked
BrE BrE//steɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//steɪkt//-ing form staking
BrE BrE//ˈsteɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪkɪŋ//