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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Operating a company on behalf of any other stakeholder is a breach of fiduciary duty. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "From a Shot in the Arm to a Shot in the Foot — Biden’s Vaccine Blunder," 8 May 2021 This means that data can be readily summoned and delivered in formats best suited to serve the unique needs of each stakeholder. Christian Ofori-boateng, Forbes, "Data Shaping 101: Simpler Is Smarter," 5 May 2021 As the date approaches, these stakeholder groups commence the security plan with barricades, personnel and resources that create the security infrastructure necessary to keep D.C., its residents and the U.S. Capitol safe. Donald J. Mihalek, ABC News, "How the Secret Service maintains safety when the president addresses Congress: ANALYSIS," 28 Apr. 2021 However, what one type of stakeholder may think of as an incentive usually means nothing to another. Adam Met, Quartz, "It’s time to get creative with climate incentives," 20 Apr. 2021 On March 18, a committee then was formed with representatives from all the stakeholder groups. Kimberly Fornek,, "Sandburg H.S. principal to be next principal of Lyons Township High School," 20 Apr. 2021 As stakeholder capitalism gains steam, conservatives, libertarians, and Reagan Democrats have had little choice but to read the headlines in frustration. Daniel Grant, WSJ, "Investment Options for the Unwoke," 16 Apr. 2021 Foreign governments and international organizations have not yet granted it formal status, but some have acknowledged it as a stakeholder that must at least be consulted. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Myanmar, opposition leaders seek alliance with armed groups," 1 Apr. 2021 Waldeck’s time in office also saw the culmination of a project started by Swarthout: making the Chicago Bears football team a permanent stakeholder in Lake Forest. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Former Mayor Waldeck remembered for ‘transformational changes’ he helped make in Lake Forest. He died at 98," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stakeholder

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2021

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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 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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