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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Tim believes the free market is now an algorithm that ignores the interests of all stakeholders save for an elite sliver of giant equity owners. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O’Reilly on why the future doesn’t have to suck," 2 Aug. 2018 The deal has support from stakeholders holding more than 77% of Parker Drilling’s unsecured bond debt, court papers say. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Parker Drilling Files for Bankruptcy With Bondholder Deal in Place," 12 Dec. 2018 Both tenant groups and landlord groups had been consulted during multiple stakeholder meetings to craft the final regulations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Seattle’s mandatory rental inspection law challenged in lawsuit," 6 Dec. 2018 Khan, however, warned that a withdrawal of troops without an agreement that recognizes Afghanistan’s stakeholders risks disintegrating into violence. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace," 20 Feb. 2019 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

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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