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  1. the holder of the stakes of a wager.
  2. a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry.
  3. Law. a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.
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Origin of stakeholder

First recorded in 1700–10; stake2 + holder
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Related Words

partner, collaborator, colleague, shareholder, participant, contributor, associate, ally

Examples from the Web for stakeholders

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  • In the midst of their rejoicing some one called for the stakeholders to share in the festivity.

    Colonial Born

    G. Firth Scott

  • On the day of the race the forenoon is spent in making bets, the managers acting as stakeholders.

  • Chance is very well for betting-men, but will not do for the respectable betting-office keepers, who are the stakeholders.

British Dictionary definitions for stakeholders


  1. a person or group owning a significant percentage of a company's shares
  2. 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
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  1. of or relating to policies intended to allow people to participate in and benefit from decisions made by enterprises in which they have a stakea stakeholder economy
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Word Origin and History for stakeholders



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

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