stake·​hold·​er | \ ˈstāk-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stakeholder (audio) \

Definition of stakeholder

1 : a person entrusted with the stakes of bettors
2 : one that has a stake in an enterprise
3 : one who is involved in or affected by a course of action

Other Words from stakeholder

stakeholding \ ˈstāk-​ˌhōl-​diŋ How to pronounce stakeholder (audio) \ noun

Examples of stakeholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At breakfast, Mohammad explained to the mukhtar the idea of the Zagros Mountain Trail and invited him to become a stakeholder, lodging and feeding hikers who came through Shush. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 To practice this, divide a stakeholder group into two teams. Dustin Snyder, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 While about 98% of the land within the boundary is made up of public lands, there are roughly two dozen private landowners and a significant municipal stakeholder — the LADWP. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The business community’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a dramatic example of stakeholder capitalism in action. Jamie Gamble, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 But resistance to Biden's ambitious goal is coming from a surprising stakeholder: the United Autoworkers Union, one of Biden's oldest political allies. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 So while others are gingerly dipping a toe in the waters of stakeholder capitalism, now is the time to dive in. Rich Hutchinson, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 The advent of sustainable business management has spurred CFOs to consider the expectations of multiple stakeholder groups (including investors, consumers, employees and society at large) when engaging in strategic decision making. Jeff Thomson, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 The lender is seeking to restore profitability while working on a new business plan after talks between Italy’s Finance Ministry -- Paschi’s largest stakeholder -- and UniCredit SpA on a sale of the bank ended abruptly last month. Sonia Sirletti,, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stakeholder

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stake·​hold·​er | \ ˈstāk-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stakeholder (audio) \

Legal Definition of stakeholder

1 : a person holding property or owing an obligation that is claimed by two or more adverse claimants and who has no claim to or interest in the property or obligation
2 : a person having an interest or share in a commercial undertaking

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