WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
stake•hold•er  (stākhōl′dər), 
  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. Lawmaking[Law.]a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.
  • stake2 + holder 1700–10

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stakeholder /ˈsteɪkˌhəʊldə/ n
  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
  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 stake: a stakeholder economy

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