Loss vs Stake - What's the difference?

loss | stake |

As a noun loss

is (lus).

As a verb stake is




Alternative forms

* (obsolete)


  • an instance of losing, such as a defeat
  • The match ended in their first loss of the season.
  • The result of an alteration in a function or characteristic of the body, or of its previous integrity.
  • Loss of an arm ; loss of weight ; loss of cognitive functions ; loss of appetite.
  • the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
  • We mourn his loss .
  • (in the plural) casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
  • The battle was won, but losses were great.
  • (financial) the sum an entity loses on balance
  • ''The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss , when this difference is positive.
  • destruction, ruin
  • ''It was a terrible crash: both cars were total losses
  • (engineering) electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work
  • The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss''' before the subsequent ' losses during transport over the grid

    Usage notes

    * We often use make' or ' take a loss. See


    * gain * win * (financial) profit

    Derived terms

    * loss leader * loss ratio * at a loss * for a loss




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    (wikipedia stake)


    (en noun)
  • A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
  • We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars),
  • A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
  • # A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
  • A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
  • (with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
  • Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake .
  • A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
  • The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
  • That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  • A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
  • (Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars), Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
  • Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.


    * (croquet) peg

    Derived terms

    * burn at the stake * pull up stakes * stake of Zion


  • To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
  • to stake vines or plants.
  • To pierce or wound with a stake.
  • To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars), (Alexander Pope)
  • I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
  • To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
  • John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to ''stake'' him .
    His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.


    * (put at risk) wager, bet

    Derived terms

    * stake a claim * stake out


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