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stake out

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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystake out
he/she/itstakes out
present participlestaking out
past tensestaked out
past participlestaked out
  1. 1
    stake out something to explain your opinion clearly and defend it in a determined way

    Political leaders are busy staking out their positions on this issue.

  2. 2
    to wait outside a building and watch it, especially because something exciting or illegal is happening

    The police are staking out his home in case he returns.

  3. 3
    to mark an area with fences or posts to show that it belongs to someone

    The settlers would arrive in a place and immediately stake out their territory.

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