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

Examples of shareholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deal would make Google ADT’s second-largest shareholder, behind Apollo Global Management Inc., the private equity firm that took over ADT in 2016 and helped organize an initial public offering. Amy Thomson,, "Google Invests $450 Million in ADT for Smart-Home Distribution," 3 Aug. 2020 Chatham was McClatchy’s largest shareholder and debt holder. Washington Post, "National Digest: Worshipers celebrate Mass after fire damages church," 12 July 2020 With few outside investors in Calendly, Awotona remains majority shareholder of one of few software-as-a-service companies run by a Black founder. Sherrell Dorsey, Wired, "These Black Founders Succeeded In Spite of Silicon Valley," 12 July 2020 Banks also won't be allowed to buy back shares in the third quarter of the year and shareholder dividends will be capped. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow slides more than 500 points as the economic outlook gets drearier," 26 June 2020 Recent fundraising efforts offered donors three tiers: investor, shareholder, and board member. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The Wing charts a path forward without its CEO," 12 June 2020 Newspaper chain McClatchy, owner of publications including the Miami Herald and Kansas City Star, is closer to transferring ownership to its largest shareholder. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Newspaper chain McClatchy announces Chatham Asset Management is successful bidder in bankruptcy auction," 12 July 2020 The Portuguese banker, who will step down next June, is credited with stabilizing the U.K.’s third-biggest bank by assets in the wake of the 2008 crisis, during which the government became its largest shareholder. ... Simon Clark, WSJ, "Lloyds CEO Who Oversaw Postcrisis Overhaul to Step Down," 6 July 2020 Shareholders gave the necessary majority of more than two-thirds by voting 98.04% to 1.96% at an extraordinary shareholder meeting held online with just the one agenda item. Washington Post, "Lufthansa shareholders approve German rescue package," 25 June 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Shareholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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