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Stake vs. Steak: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on January 4, 2024
"Stake" refers to a risk or interest in an outcome, while "steak" is a cut of meat.

Key Differences

The word "stake" has a variety of meanings, including an interest or share in an undertaking or a pointed stick or post. In contrast, "steak" refers specifically to a slice of meat, typically beef, cooked by grilling or frying.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 04, 2024
"Stake" can be used in financial contexts to denote investment or ownership, implying risk or involvement. On the other hand, "steak" is used culinarily to describe a piece of meat often associated with various cooking styles and cuisines.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 04, 2024
In a metaphorical sense, having a "stake" in something means being emotionally or personally invested in its outcome. Conversely, "steak" remains purely a food item, with no metaphorical applications.
Huma Saeed
Jan 04, 2024
The term "stake" also appears in idioms like "at stake," indicating something at risk or in jeopardy. Meanwhile, "steak" may feature in phrases relating to food and diet, like "steak dinner," but does not carry metaphorical weight.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 04, 2024
"Stake" can be a verb meaning to support or mark with stakes. "Steak," however, remains a noun and does not function as a verb in English.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 04, 2024
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Part of Speech

Noun, Verb
Noun
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Meaning

An interest, share, or support; a pointed stick
A slice of meat, usually beef
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Usage in Sentences

Can denote risk, investment, or physical support
Refers to a food item
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Metaphorical Use

Yes, in terms like "having a stake in something"
No
Janet White
Jan 04, 2024

Related Phrases

"At stake," "stake a claim"
"Steak dinner," "rare steak"
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Jan 04, 2024
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Stake and Steak Definitions

Stake

Interest.
She has a significant stake in the company's success.
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Steak

Beef Cut.
He grilled a steak for dinner.
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Dec 05, 2023

Stake

Risk.
His stake in the venture was his entire savings.
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Steak

Meat Portion.
Her favorite meal is a medium-rare steak.
Harlon Moss
Dec 05, 2023

Stake

Claim.
They staked their claim to the land during the gold rush.
Janet White
Dec 05, 2023

Steak

Diet Staple.
Steak is a key part of his high-protein diet.
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Dec 05, 2023

Stake

Marker.
We put stakes at the corners to mark the property line.
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Steak

Menu Item.
The restaurant's special is sirloin steak.
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Stake

Support.
They used wooden stakes to prop up the plants.
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Steak

Cooking Style.
They prefer their steak well-done.
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Dec 05, 2023

Stake

A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
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Steak

A slice of meat, typically beef, usually cut thick and across the muscle grain and served broiled or fried.
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Stake

A vertical post to which an offender is bound for execution by burning.
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Steak

A thick slice of a large fish cut across the body.
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Steak

A patty of ground meat broiled or fried.
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Steak

, a slice of beef, broiled or cut for broiling.
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Steak

(by extension) A relatively large, thick slice or slab cut from another animal, a vegetable, etc.
Venison steak, bear steak, pork steak, turtle steak, salmon steak; cauliflower steak, eggplant steaks
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Steak

(seafood) A slice of meat cut across the grain (perpendicular to the spine) from a fish.
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Steak

To cook (something, especially fish) like or as a steak.
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Steak

A slice of beef, broiled, or cut for broiling; - also extended to the meat of other large animals; as, venison steak; bear steak; pork steak; turtle steak.
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Steak

A slice of meat cut from the fleshy part of an animal or large fish
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FAQs

What is a steak?

A steak is a slice of meat, typically beef, prepared by grilling or frying.
Huma Saeed
Jan 04, 2024

Is "steak" ever used metaphorically?

No, "steak" is not used metaphorically; it refers to food.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 04, 2024

What does "having a stake in something" mean?

It means having an interest or investment in the outcome of something.
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Jan 04, 2024

What is a stake?

A stake is an interest or investment in something or a pointed support post.
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How is steak typically cooked?

Steak is often grilled, fried, or broiled.
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Can "stake" mean risk?

Yes, "stake" can imply something at risk or in jeopardy.
Janet White
Jan 04, 2024

Can "stake" be used as a verb?

Yes, "stake" can be a verb meaning to support or mark with stakes.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 04, 2024

Is steak always made from beef?

Primarily, but it can also refer to cuts of other meats like pork.
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Can steak be part of a healthy diet?

In moderation, as part of a balanced diet, it can be.
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Jan 04, 2024

What does "at stake" mean?

It indicates something is at risk or in danger.
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What types of steak are there?

Common types include sirloin, ribeye, and filet mignon.
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What does "stake out" mean?

It means to surveil or watch a place closely.
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Jan 04, 2024

What is a financial stake?

It's an investment or share in a business or venture.
Harlon Moss
Jan 04, 2024

What does "steakhouse" mean?

A restaurant specializing in steaks and other meats.
Janet White
Jan 04, 2024

Can "stake" be used in legal contexts?

Yes, especially in terms of claims or ownership.
Harlon Moss
Jan 04, 2024

What is "staking a claim"?

Declaring ownership or rights over something, often land.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 04, 2024

Are there vegetarian alternatives to steak?

Yes, like plant-based steaks made from soy or other ingredients.
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Jan 04, 2024

What's the best way to cook a steak?

Preferences vary, but popular methods include grilling or pan-searing.
Harlon Moss
Jan 04, 2024

How is steak served?

Steak is often served with vegetables, potatoes, or sauces.
Janet White
Jan 04, 2024

Can "stake" refer to a physical object?

Yes, it can be a pointed stick or post used for support.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 04, 2024
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