stake·​hold·​er | \ˈstāk-ˌhōl-dər \

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

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stakeholding \ ˈstāk-​ˌhōl-​diŋ \ noun

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Under the terms of an agreement worked out between Mactaggart and other stakeholders, state lawmakers crafted a bill with a similar effect and plan to vote on it next week. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "There's a deal to pull consumer privacy measure from the California ballot," 21 June 2018 Her professional experiences include managing complex projects with multiple stakeholder groups, communications, and change management. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Mayor should yank statue of ex-Confederate soldier, councilman says," 2 July 2018 Assemblyman Ed Chau, D-Arcadia, amended Assembly Bill 375 on Thursday evening with language on a new data privacy law to appease some of the various stakeholder groups. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "There's a deal to pull consumer privacy measure from the California ballot," 21 June 2018 The concession is leased from five villages through the Okavango Community Trust in a partnership that ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stakeholders. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 The primary stakeholders in the close air support debate, ground troops, were not consulted in this process at all. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 In 2015, after seven years of negotiations among the Park Service, local business leaders and other stakeholders, the park adopted the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite Valley is under siege from tourists. Can it be saved?," 26 Apr. 2018 Amazon isn’t the only tech company working with law enforcement agencies to the chagrin of stakeholders. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "First the ACLU Asked Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Police. Now Investors Have Doubts Too," 19 June 2018 The foundation will prioritize programs that involve collaborative efforts, specifically those bringing together a variety of stakeholders. Linda Mcintosh,, "Mira Costa director recognized," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stakeholder

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stakeholder

: a person or business that has invested money in something (such as a company)

: a person who holds the money that people have bet on something and then gives it to the winner


stake·​hold·​er | \ˈstāk-ˌhōl-dər \

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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