cor·​po·​rate | \ ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce corporate (audio) \

Definition of corporate

1a : formed into an association and endowed by law with the rights and liabilities of an individual : incorporated
b : of or relating to a corporation a plan to reorganize the corporate structure
c : of, relating to, or being the large corporations of a country or region considered as a unit the latest trend in corporate America
d : having qualities (such as commercialism or lack of originality) associated with large corporations or attributed to their influence or control corporate rock music corporate art
2 : of, relating to, or formed into a unified body of individuals Human law arises by the corporate action of a people …— George H. Sabine

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Other Words from corporate

corporately adverb

Examples of corporate in a Sentence

We have to change the corporate structure to survive. A bunch of corporate types in suits were sitting at the table in the conference room. He is one of the most powerful men in corporate America. The business is a corporate entity.
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In France — where a certain degree of distrust of corporate culture remains part of mainstream politics — authorities have proposed limiting the number of companies that offer scooter rental. Washington Post, "Electric scooters have arrived in Europe — and a lot of people there hate them too," 10 July 2019 The difficulty in the deal is whether Red Hat’s open source developer community can successfully integrate into IBM, which has a deeply entrenched corporate culture. Olivia Carville,, "IBM Closes $34 Billion Red Hat Acquisition in Cloud Catch-Up," 9 July 2019 As a way to emphasize normalizing breastfeeding in the workplace, Working Moms of Milwaukee recently announced its inaugural 2019 Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace award winners, including two from Menomonee Falls: Kohl's corporate and Glenroy. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It is time to normalize breastfeeding': Menomonee Falls companies get Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace awards," 9 July 2019 Mitsotakis has vowed to cut corporate and income taxes as well as encourage business investment, reform the structure of government, and revive stalled privatization and development projects. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Out with the new, in with the old: Greeks hand power back to the conservatives," 8 July 2019 Ransomware is an ever-growing threat, corporate and US government security is still a mess, and geopolitical tensions are rising worldwide. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far," 5 July 2019 Hunter, by then an executive vice-president at MBNA, found the corporate culture stifling. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?," 1 July 2019 Spotify’s corporate culture has the luxe yet egalitarian vibe of many tech companies. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 How a company addresses a midweek holiday depends on its corporate culture, York said. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "A midweek Fourth of July or a 3-day weekend? Here's what Indiana employers are doing," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of corporate

1512, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corporate

borrowed from Latin corporātus, past participle of corporāre "to form into a body, form (an organized social group)," verbal derivative of corpor-, corpus "body, organized group of people" — more at midriff

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The first known use of corporate was in 1512

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English Language Learners Definition of corporate

: involving or associated with a corporation
: consisting of or including large corporations
often disapproving : produced by or associated with large corporations


cor·​po·​rate | \ ˈkȯr-pə-rət How to pronounce corporate (audio) \

Legal Definition of corporate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a business corporation



Legal Definition of corporate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bond issued by a business corporation

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