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 stakeholder (audio) \ noun

Examples of stakeholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic posed the first real test of the principles of stakeholder capitalism. New York Times, "Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges," 29 Dec. 2020 Biden embraced stakeholder capitalism in a speech in July. George Tyler, Fortune, "Biden can create better jobs by giving workers a seat at the boardroom table," 22 Dec. 2020 With Muscat’s election, in 2013, Fenech became a key stakeholder in the power station. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 Before the different scenarios were explained, WestEd representatives discussed the community stakeholder meetings, which had a very low community response. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Barring local control, 3 futures for Dollarway," 15 Nov. 2020 To oversimplify, Impactworld is a part of the larger SRI–stakeholder ecosystem. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Counting the Shareholder Out: When the Ruling Class Changes the Rules," 11 Dec. 2020 Having investigated the stakeholder community influenced by this decision, think about the goodwill, brand recognition, customer acceptance and community embrace possibly garnished by implementing the outcome of your analysis. Ernest Owens, Star Tribune, "Key steps to making a well-informed business decision," 15 Nov. 2020 One way the planners hope to keep costs down is simply by collaborating more — from town to town, and county to county, said Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, a key stakeholder in the system. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Can you save money and the environment? New plan for metro Detroit sewage has that goal," 10 Dec. 2020 Endorsements of stakeholder capitalism should be viewed against this backdrop. Alexander William Salter, WSJ, "Profit Keeps Corporate Leaders Honest," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stakeholder

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stakeholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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