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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What other stakeholders in the system can draw on the experience of interacting with patients and caregivers as well as working with other clinical and business administration functions, payers, and drug companies? Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 The reallocation of money earmarked for those affected by crumbling foundations highlights the fact that all stakeholders must work closely together in order to provide viable solutions to homeowners. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 1 May 2018 Certain stakeholders in Remington have started putting out feelers for potential strategic buyers of the gunmaker’s 13 brands, which include firearms, gun accessories and ammunition manufacturers, Bloomberg News reported in late April. Polly Mosendz,, "Gunmaker's Investors Chafe at Plan to Sell Firearms Business," 1 May 2018 During the forums, Cost said over 200 community members and stakeholders listened to LGBTQ member's stories of discrimination. Jonece Starr Dunigan,, "How Montevallo came to be the second city in Alabama to pass LGBTQ protections," 25 Apr. 2018 In doing so, the county’s stakeholders agreed to cede some power to a joint office. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "In King County’s fragmented homelessness system, calls for a change," 23 Apr. 2018 Certain stakeholders - though not all, and not neighborhood residents - have met privately with the Mayor Frank Jackson's administration in recent months. Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner,, "Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative ends with promise to continue work to combat infant mortality and lead poisoning," 9 May 2018 But tech alone can’t solve an issue, especially by barging into a space filled with existing rules, stakeholders, regulations, and community considerations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How cities should regulate the scooter surge," 11 July 2018 Phull said that those solutions may be challenging because so many stakeholders are involved. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "These Cities Are Most Likely To Face an OB-GYN Shortage By 2020," 27 June 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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