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noun stake pronunciation in British English /steɪk/
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singularstake
pluralstakes
  1. 1
    [countable] business the part of a business that you own because you have invested money in it
    stake in: They took a 40% stake in the company last year.
    a majority/minority stake (=more/less than half): Coca-Cola has a majority stake in the company.
    1. a.
      [usually singular] the degree to which you are involved in something and want it to succeed
      have a stake in (doing) something: He has a huge stake in making the peace process work.
  2. 2
    [countable] an amount of money that you risk losing when you try to guess the result of a race or competition
    He liked gambling, but only for small stakes.
    1. a.

      stakes

      [plural] the things that you can gain or lose by taking a risk, for example in business or politics
      high stakes (=a lot that could be won or lost): With such high stakes, the atmosphere was tense.
      raise the stakes (=risk gaining or losing more): The Americans have raised the stakes in a bitter fight over imports.
  3. 3
    [countable] a wooden or metal post with a pointed end that is used for supporting or marking something
    1. a.

      the stake

      a thick wooden pole that someone was tied to and burnt in the past as a punishment
      be burnt at the stake: Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431.
  4. 4

    stakes

    [plural] used in the names of some horse races
    the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot
    1. a.
      used for talking about a competition or comparison that seems like a race
      Who are the main contenders in the party leadership stakes?
      in the popularity/fitness/beauty etc stakes: They’re running neck and neck in the popularity stakes.

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