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

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But the task force also concluded that special interests helped write the legislation to benefit stakeholders. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process, which has involved all key stakeholders and taken into account different aspects of the women’s and men’s international match calendars. Tom Hoffarth,, "Three major soccer tournament finals in one day worth the watch," 7 July 2019 California’s leading advocacy group for electricity ratepayers wants the bankruptcy court overseeing PG&E Corp.’s restructuring to let the troubled utility’s various stakeholders chime in on how it should be overhauled. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Ratepayer Group Sides With PG&E Bondholders on Exclusivity," 1 July 2019 Hong Kong, as an international city, has stakeholders from everywhere in the world. Time Staff, Time, ""Free Hong Kong from China!" Hong Kong Protesters Call for Foreign Backing in Their Struggle to Preserve the City's Freedoms," 26 June 2019 Even stakeholders seemed taken aback by the amount of information. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Here is Sidewalk Labs’s big plan for Toronto," 24 June 2019 The most recent stakeholders meeting, in early June, occurred shortly after ProPublica’s story was published. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "California Legislators Urge Caution, but Greenlight a Plan That Could Lead to the Widespread Use of Forestry Offsets," 21 June 2019 Regardless, candidates for office now face a set of stakeholders and donors beyond their own parties and constituencies. Didi Kuo, Vox, "Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond," 20 June 2019 What happens next: A committee of city officials, community stakeholders and corporate sponsors will select the best submissions. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Ford announces $250K competition to fix Detroit mobility issues," 20 June 2019

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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 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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