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[steyk-hohl-der] /ˈsteɪkˌhoʊl dər/
the holder of the stakes of a wager.
a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry.
Law. a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.
Origin of stakeholder
1700-10; stake2 + holder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for stakeholder
  • Greenberg remained the company's largest stakeholder.
  • Today the family is no longer the biggest stakeholder.
  • The disappointing start for stakeholder pensions represents more than teething difficulties.
  • Preventing such errors goes beyond the ability of any one stakeholder.
  • stakeholder is one that gets bandied around a lot at my office.
  • But there is no way to satisfy one stakeholder without angering another.
  • Thus, a stakeholder approach to the organization is needed both domestically and abroad.
  • stakeholder groups will also likely benefit from several years of trial and error in implementing conflict prevention projects.
  • One criterion was stakeholder involvement from local people and government authorities.
  • No company can generate long-term profit unless it makes every stakeholder happy.
British Dictionary definitions for stakeholder


a person or group owning a significant percentage of a company's shares
a person or group not owning shares in an enterprise but affected by or having an interest in its operations, such as the employees, customers, local community, etc
of or relating to policies intended to allow people to participate in and benefit from decisions made by enterprises in which they have a stake: a stakeholder economy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stakeholder

1708, from stake (n.2) + agent noun from hold (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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