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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On Tuesday, Ashland said its board will appoint one or both of Craig Rogerson and Jerome Peribere to the governance committee of the board following the shareholder meeting. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Hedge Fund Drops Proxy Battle With Chemicals Maker Ashland," 22 Jan. 2019 With the stock still above $300, Tesla shareholders still have the chance to insulate themselves from cold reality. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Shocks Are Piling up at Tesla," 18 Jan. 2019 Oh, and there are some lawsuits (whistleblowers, shareholders) and a case that union activity was being illegally suppressed. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk is the first influencer CEO," 21 Dec. 2018 Instead of citizens, the corporations have shareholders. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 The offer document Comcast published on Friday, meanwhile, highlighted that an independent committee of Sky's board currently supports the Comcast bid and emphasized that shareholders have until Aug. 22 to accept the bid. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "U.K. Takeover Panel Sets Minimum Price Disney Would Have to Pay for Sky," 13 July 2018 Fox just submitted a new, higher offer, and Comcast is expected to top it, making Sky shareholders very happy. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Kylie Jenner on track to be youngest self-made billionaire," 11 July 2018 Akka, which has a market value of 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and whose biggest shareholder is Ricci, employs engineers that customers can hire on a project basis as consultants. Marie Mawad And Ania Nussbaum,, "Flying trains could be coming your way," 11 July 2018 However, some other WPP shareholders have criticized the board for not including a non-compete clause in Sorrell’s contract to prevent him from going head-to-head with the company. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Martin Sorrell Sticks It To His Old Firm WPP With His Latest Deal," 10 July 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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