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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: stake /steɪk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theystake
he/she/itstakes
present participlestaking
past tensestaked
past participlestaked
  1. to risk losing or damaging something valuable in order to obtain or achieve something
    stake something on something:

    The government has staked its reputation on eliminating the deficit.

    1. a.
      to risk money by betting it on the result of a race, competition, game etc
      stake something on something:

      They have staked a lot of money on the favourite.

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