What is Stake?

Stake definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a stick or post pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a boundary mark, part of a fence, support for a plant, etc.
a post to which a person is bound for execution, usually by burning.
the stake, the punishment of death by burning: Joan of Arc was sentenced to the stake.

one of a number of vertical posts fitting into sockets or staples on the edge of the platform of a truck or other vehicle, as to retain the load.
Mormon Church. a division of ecclesiastical territory, consisting of a number of wards presided over by a president and two counselors.
sett(def 2).

verb (used with object), staked, stak