share·​hold·​er | \ˈsher-ˌhōl-dər \

Definition of shareholder 

: one that holds or owns a share in property especially : stockholder

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shareholding \ ˈsher-​ˌhōl-​diŋ \ noun

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Joel Christopher, the Courier Journal's executive editor The Bevin administration subsequently denied access to records identifying other shareholders in the startup company. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin administration ordered to pay for withholding public records," 5 July 2018 Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm, welcomes Tamsen Leachman as a shareholder in the firm's Portland office. Rosemarie Stein,, "Business Movers: Randall Children's Hospital Foundation elects new board of trustees," 2 May 2018 Advocates of going renewable say the savings from nixing corporate expenses–including dividends to shareholders and executive compensation–can help make up for the costs. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 Back then, the company was losing money, laying off hundreds of employees, and being sued by both shareholders and its biggest distributor. Scott Kirsner,, "How Boston software maker PTC came back from the brink," 16 June 2018 Fox shareholders and media watchers will now wait for Disney to either increase its offer, walk away, or negotiate a split of the assets with Comcast. NBC News, "Comcast offers $65 billion for Twenty-First Century Fox assets," 13 June 2018 Its executives make decisions for the benefit of distant shareholders; workers’ well-being is not the only consideration. Thomas Fox Parry, The Atlantic, "The Death of a Gig Worker," 1 June 2018 Customer losses in France were a thorn in the side of shareholders. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Sprint’s ‘baby-sitting’ CEO Michel Combes: ‘I’m a long-term guy’," 31 May 2018 The acquisition requires shareholder and stock exchange approvals. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Hollywood's Dream Water sells to Canadian cannabis company for nearly $30 million," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of shareholder

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shareholder was circa 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of shareholder

: someone who owns shares in a company or business



Legal Definition of shareholder 

: one that owns a share in a fund (as a mutual fund) or property especially : stockholder — see also derivative action, equity sense 4c, proxy contest

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shareholding adjective or noun

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