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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With the coming summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump likely to take place in just a few weeks, here is a rundown of the current positions on U.S. troops in South Korea for the three stakeholders. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "What the two Koreas and Trump have said about withdrawing U.S. troops from peninsula," 4 May 2018 An emergency meeting for all London Stadium stakeholders has been called after scenes of fan unrest during West Ham's 3-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday., "Emergency London Stadium Meeting Called After West Ham Fans Protest During 3-0 Burnley Loss," 10 Mar. 2018 The city plans to hold meetings for specific stakeholders to communicate the new initiative to organizations and businesses. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Community development groups ready to make good use of Great Streets Akron initiative," 7 Jan. 2018 And the only question from here is if the artist is really making 80 to 90 percent of his money from touring, how long can the other stakeholders in the industry stay out of that? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table," 11 Oct. 2018 West is the majority stakeholder in the company and could be closing in on billionaire status. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Kanye West on track toward billionaire status, report says," 3 Aug. 2018 The company’s board initially recommended a vote against the proposal, arguing that one person holding both roles would ensure the company is represented by a single voice to stakeholders, according to a proxy statement. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "More U.S. Companies Separating Chief Executive and Chairman Roles," 23 Jan. 2019 Nearly two weeks after Parson issued the vetoes, his director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, Randall Williams, began reaching out personally to stakeholders to assure them the program wasn’t in jeopardy. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Hospitals fear Parson budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients," 13 July 2018 Launching a new, smaller CAB is part of a new approach to reaching out to stakeholders to ‘‘increase high quality feedback,’’ the letter said. Washington Post,, "Mick Mulvaney fires members of CFPB advisory board," 7 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 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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