insider

noun
in·​sid·​er | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsī-dər, ˈin-ˌsī-\

Definition of insider

: a person recognized or accepted as a member of a group, category, or organization: such as
a : a person who is in a position of power or has access to confidential information
b : a person (such as an officer or director) who is in a position to have special knowledge of the affairs of or to influence the decisions of a company

Examples of insider in a Sentence

Political insiders say that she is planning to run for president. The book gives fans an insider's view of Hollywood.

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In a court filing, Omega contended Cyrus was effectively an insider at Sears, with the ability to exert influence or control over it. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Bankruptcy Battle Tests Swaps Market," 19 Dec. 2018 Las Vegas and Charlotte are the only cities bidding to host the convention, and insiders believe the Republican National Committee will make a decision at its summer meeting in Austin next week. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "As Charlotte debates hosting GOP, Las Vegas still hoping for upset win," 9 July 2018 Back are the bold predictions, ultimate insider analysis, and perhaps the only truly independent look at cycling’s premier stage race. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong Takes on the Tour de France," 6 July 2018 Political insiders didn’t see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory over entrenched Democratic power broker Joseph Crowley coming. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Chicago Activist Rides Progressive Wave in Mayor's Race," 5 July 2018 The wave of Black women running for, and winning, various offices nationwide, doesn’t surprise political insiders. Essence.com, "Primaries Yield Big Electoral Wins For Black Women, Men And People Of Color Nationwide," 28 June 2018 That an insider would deride a large swath of the industry hints at its precariousness. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "When the Blockchain Skeptic Walked Into the Lions' Den," 15 May 2018 That often left Immelt, in the words of one GE insider, trying to market himself out of a math problem. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 The pristine, red-tinted concrete paths will now be used by hundreds of thousands of curious visitors as opposed to dozens of insider houseguests. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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insider

noun

Financial Definition of insider

What It Is

An insider is an employee, director or any other person who is privy to confidential, nonpublic information about a company.

How It Works

Given their position, managers and executives within a company are privy to information about a company's operations that is not available to the investing public. The news and details of an upcoming merger or special dividend that have not yet been announced are two examples of insider information. Once information has been made public by the company, it is no longer considered "insider" information.

Why It Matters

Individuals with access to insider information have an unfair advantage in the market. Using this information to base a trade is an illegal practice known as "insider trading."

It is also illegal for a person with insider information to pass it to a third party so that they may use the information to profit.

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insider

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insider

: a person who belongs to a group or organization and has special knowledge about it

insider

noun
in·​sid·​er | \ in-ˈsī-dər \

Kids Definition of insider

: a member of a group or organization who has information about it

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insider

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in·​sid·​er

Legal Definition of insider

: a person who is in a position of power or has access to confidential information: as
a : one (as an officer, director, employee, relative, or owner of more than 10% of the corporation's stock) who is in a position to have special knowledge of the affairs of or to influence the decisions of a company
b : an individual (as a relative or an influential party) or entity (as a corporate affiliate) having a close relationship with a debtor such that transactions are not made at arm's length and are subject to closer scrutiny than the transactions of those dealing at arm's length

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