Learn how to say Stakes correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word stake:
1a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end, driven into the ground to support a plant, form part of a fence, mark a boundary, etc..
(the stake) historical a wooden post to which a person was tied before being burned alive as a punishment:
Bishop Ridley was burned at the stake
a long vertical rod used in basket-making.
2a metalworker’s small anvil, typically with a projection for fitting into a socket on a bench.
3a territorial division of the Mormon Church under the jurisdiction of a president.
1support (a plant) with a stake or stakes:
the gladioli were staked in gaudy ranks
vigorous plants need staking
2 (stake something out) mark an area with stakes so as to claim ownership of it:
the boundary between the two manors was properly staked out
be assertive in defining and defending a position or policy:
Elena was staking out a role for herself as a formidable political force
go to the stake for
used to emphasize that one would do anything to defend a particular belief, opinion, or person:
I trust these people—I would go to the stake for every one of them
pull up stakes
North American move or go to live elsewhere:
his father wrangled with a foreman and the family pulled up stakes
stake a claim
assert one’s right to something:
the batsman staked a claim for a place in the side
stake someone/thing out
informal keep a person or place under surveillance:
they’d staked out Culley’s flat for a day
Old English staca, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch staak, also to stick2
Do not confuse stake with steak. Stake mainly means ‘gamble money or something valuable’ (he staked everything he’d got and lost), ‘a strong post used to support plants’, or ‘something gambled’ (playing dice for high stakes), whereas steak means ‘a thick slice of beef’ (steak and chips).