share·​hold·​er | \ ˈsher-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce shareholder (audio) \

Definition of shareholder

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

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Other Words from shareholder

shareholding \ ˈsher-​ˌhōl-​diŋ How to pronounce shareholder (audio) \ noun

Examples of shareholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the shareholder rights movement, which has been gaining strength in the United States, is far less developed. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Some of this, as Twitter noted in its shareholder letter, reflects a slowdown in advertiser activity last June amid the pandemic and the protests over George Floyd’s murder, slightly inflating year-over-year numbers. Scott Nover, Quartz, 22 July 2021 Activist firm and Twitter investor Arjuna Capital made a shareholder proposal at the company's annual meeting in late May that called for the company to add someone with a human rights or civil rights background to its board. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 22 July 2021 Large shareholder Volkswagen AG has logged a gain of over $1 billion on its $300 million investment in QuantumScape. Eliot Brown, WSJ, 19 July 2021 One indicator the company may have been anticipating a bid came on May 3 when the company adopted a shareholder rights agreement that expires May 1, 2022. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 14 July 2021 The trial, which began Monday, marks the culmination of seven shareholder lawsuits, consolidated into one, that alleged that Tesla directors breached their fiduciary duties in bowing to Musk's wishes and agreeing to buy SolarCity. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 This follows the bumper shareholder payouts announced last month by U.S. banks after a similar easing of the guidelines on dividends and buybacks. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 13 July 2021 The long-running shareholder lawsuit asserts that Musk, who was SolarCity's largest stakeholder and its chairman, and other Tesla directors breached their fiduciary duties in bowing to Musk's wishes and agreeing to buy the company. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021

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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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“Shareholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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

Other Words from shareholder

shareholding adjective or noun

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