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 stakeholding (audio) \ noun

Examples of stakeholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Staff members will discuss how the Next Generation Science Standards, various data points and stakeholder feedback were utilized to help guide their efforts. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale District 86 to hold meetings on change in science course sequence some oppose," 8 Nov. 2019 Eventually, the design team and the Endowment may work with the city and stakeholders on possible improvements to the park, including the planting of trees. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Endowment’s new HQ will become architectural ‘jewel’ for the city," 7 Nov. 2019 The second survey to help select a name was sent to those who completed the first survey as well as stakeholders involved in earlier meetings. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Mesa looks to brand its growing Asian district. Here are the names being tossed around," 2 Nov. 2019 The decision came as a shock to Posen, as longtime stakeholder The Yucaipa Companies had reportedly been actively seeking to offload their share of the business. Teen Vogue, "Zac Posen Shutters Fashion Brand," 2 Nov. 2019 These individuals should be treated as CPS’s most important stakeholders. Max Londberg,, "Election 2019: Who is running for Cincinnati school board and where do they stand on issues?," 29 Oct. 2019 In April, the focus group met for two weeks to pull all of this stakeholder information together and develop the three-year plan. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll school system unveils instructional technology plan — going beyond just buying devices," 28 Oct. 2019 Present and past planetary-protection protocols emerged only after many years of careful discussion between multiple stakeholders. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Reduce Red Tape for the Red Planet, Report Says," 25 Oct. 2019 The Board of Education of Baltimore County will hear public testimony Tuesday on the 2020-2021 school year calendar, including what day stakeholders believe the school year should begin. Cody Boteler,, "Board of Education to hear testimony on school start date in Baltimore County," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stakeholder

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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“Stakeholder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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