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verb in·cor·po·rate \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of incorporate

  • : to include (something) as part of something else

  • business : to form into a corporation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incorporate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable whole b :  to blend or combine thoroughly

  3. 2 a :  to form into a legal corporation b :  to admit to membership in a corporate body

  4. 3 :  to give material form to :  embody

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to unite in or as one body

  7. 2 :  to form or become a corporation

incorporable play \-p(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
incorporation play \-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
incorporative play \-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tiv, -p(ə-)rə-tiv\ adjective
incorporator play \-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of incorporate in a sentence

  1. This design incorporates the best features of our earlier models.

  2. a diet that incorporates many different fruits and vegetables

  3. The company was incorporated in 1981.

  4. The company incorporated in 1981.

Origin of incorporate

Middle English, from Late Latin incorporatus, past participle of incorporare, from Latin in- + corpor-, corpus body — more at midriff

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with incorporate

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adjective in·cor·po·rate \in-ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət\

Definition of incorporate

14th Century

First Known Use of incorporate

14th century

INCORPORATE Defined for Kids


verb in·cor·po·rate \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt\

Definition of incorporate for Students


  1. 1 :  to include (something) as part of something else <The plan incorporated all of our ideas.>

  2. 2 :  to form into a corporation

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb in·cor·po·rate \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of incorporate

incorporated; incorporating

  1. :  to subject to incorporation <incorporated his psychiatrist in a system of delusions>

incorporative \-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt-iv, -p(ə-)rət-\play play adjective

Law Dictionary


verb in·cor·po·rate \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt\

Legal Definition of incorporate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to unite with something else to form a whole <incorporate the agreement into the divorce>

  3. 2 :  to form (as a business) into a legal corporation

  4. 3 :  to include (rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights) within the guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment — see also selective incorporation, total incorporation

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to form a legal corporation

incorporation \in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\ play noun
incorporate by reference
  1. :  to make (the terms of a contemporaneous or earlier document) part of another document (as a codicil) by specific reference in that document — see also republish

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