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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Steve Davis, head of The Boring Company, said the interest in the tunnel systems has been significant — anywhere from five to 20 calls a week from various municipalities and stakeholders. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Elon Musk’s new tunnel ‘a little rough around the edges’," 19 Dec. 2018 Sollosi said the study was the product of a decade of collaboration with international, interagency, industry and private stakeholders and extensive coordination with community residents along the coasts of Alaska. Margaret Kriz Hobson, Scientific American, "Amid Ice Melt, New Shipping Lanes Are Drawn Up off Alaska," 29 May 2018 Those attending as well as those stakeholders who do not attend will be able to take an online survey to provide further feedback to the school system. Cody Boteler,, "BCPS continues public input sessions to address high school overcrowding," 3 July 2018 Plans include involving stakeholders to share ideas and helping develop a leadership profile of qualifications for the next superintendent. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Princeton superintendent leaving for Denver school post," 11 May 2018 The meeting will bring together 'all the major stakeholders who share responsibility for the wellbeing of Liverpool supporters making the journey'., "Liverpool Request 'Extraordinary Meeting' to Ensure Safety of Fans Travelling to Rome," 26 Apr. 2018 My primary responsibilities have been to proactively identify process gaps, address issues, coordinate key stakeholders, establish objectives and meet organizational goals. charlotteobserver, "Mecklenburg County commissioner candidates: Where they stand on key issues | Charlotte Observer," 18 Apr. 2018 For example, his recommendations for an urban development plan in Beijing were not adopted because his team neglected to engage key stakeholders. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 14 Mar. 2018 The School Board is asking for public input on the selection process by allowing stakeholders -- people with a vested interest in the public school system -- to submit questions for the candidates. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Got a question for Jefferson Parish's next school superintendent?," 27 Feb. 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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