stake

I. stake stake 1 [steɪk] noun
1. [countable] FINANCE money risked or invested in a business:

• He has a stake in some liquid assets that could be used for income or held on to as a safety net.

• Analysts expect the company to sell its large stake in the HongKong bank.

ˈequity ˌstake [countable] FINANCE
when a company or organization owns shares in a company; = SHAREHOLDING:

• IBM has bought a $27m equity stake in the firm.

• French and Italian governments have sought to take an equity stake in certain industries.

maˈjority ˌstake [countable] FINANCE
if an investor has a majority stake in a company, they own more than half the shares of that company:

• Canada, Mexico and South Korea refused to allow foreign companies to hold majority stakes in their main telephone companies.

miˈnority ˌstake [countable] FINANCE
if an investor has a minority stake in a company, they own less than half the shares of that company:

• The company is negotiating the purchase of a minority stake in the French airline.

2. be at stake if something that you value very much is at stake, you will lose it if a plan or action is not successful:

• If we lose the contract, hundreds of jobs are at stake.

3. [countable] money risked on the result of something, especially a horse race; = BET:

• a $100 stake

4. stakes [plural] used to talk about how much risk there is in a particular activity:

• For foreign investors, high stakes are involved.

5. play for high stakes if you play for high stakes, you are in a situation where you gain or lose a lot
  [m0] II. stake stake 2 verb
stake something on something phrasal verb [transitive]
1. FINANCE to risk losing money if a business activity is not successful:

• They are staking their money on the chances for a market recovery by next spring.

2. to risk losing something that is valuable or important to you if a plan or action is not successful:

• The President is staking his reputation on these trade talks.

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Ⅰ.
stake UK US /steɪk/ noun
[C, usually singular] FINANCE the amount that someone has invested in a company, often expressed as a percentage of the total share capital (= money invested in a business in the form of shares): a 15%/3%/10%, etc. stake »

His 22% stake makes him the retailer's biggest shareholder.

have/hold/own a stake (in sth) »

The Chief Executive has a controlling stake in the company worth €58m.

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acquire/buy/sell a stake (in sth)

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increase/raise/reduce a stake (in sth)

have a stake in sth — Cf. have a stake in sth
stakes — Cf. stakes
at stake — Cf. at stake
See also EQUITY STAKE(Cf. ↑equity stake), MAJORITY STAKE(Cf. ↑majority stake), MINORITY STAKE(Cf. ↑minority stake)
Ⅱ.
stake UK US /steɪk/ verb [T]
stake a/your claim — Cf. stake your claim

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