Meaning of “shareholder” in the English Dictionary

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"shareholder" in British English

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shareholdernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃeəˌhəʊl.dər/ us /ˈʃerˌhoʊl.dɚ/ US also stockholder

a person who owns shares in a company and therefore gets part of the company's profits and the right to vote on how the company is controlled:

Shareholders will be voting on the proposed merger of the companies next week.

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  • Dividends will be sent to shareholders on March 31.
  • The company's shareholders have voted to remove the executive board.
  • The company secretary has written to all the shareholders to apologize for the mistake.
  • Existing shareholders subscribed to only 49% of the new share issue.
  • The shareholders are planning to wrest control of the company away from the current directors.

(Definition of “shareholder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shareholder" in American English

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shareholdernoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃerˌhoʊl·dər, ˈʃær-/

someone who owns shares in a company

(Definition of “shareholder” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shareholder" in Business English

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shareholdernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃeəˌhəʊldər/ us also stockholder FINANCE, STOCK MARKET

a person or organization that owns shares in a company:

Shareholders will be voting on the proposed merger of the companies next week.
Under the proposals, shareholders will receive a cash offer of between 245p and 255p a share.
It has not been demonstrated that good environmental and social practices create value for shareholders, but it is clear that bad ones can destroy it.

(Definition of “shareholder” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)