cor·​po·​rate ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce corporate (audio)
: formed into an association and endowed by law with the rights and liabilities of an individual : incorporated
: of or relating to a corporation
a plan to reorganize the corporate structure
: of, relating to, or being the large corporations of a country or region considered as a unit
the latest trend in corporate America
: 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
: of, relating to, or formed into a unified body of individuals
Human law arises by the corporate action of a people …George H. Sabine
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of corporate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Corporate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cor·​po·​rate ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce corporate (audio)
: formed into a corporation
: of, relating to, or being a corporation
take corporate action
: of, relating to, or being a whole composed of individuals
united together and took corporate action
corporately adverb

Legal Definition


1 of 2 adjective
cor·​po·​rate ˈkȯr-pə-rət How to pronounce corporate (audio)
: of or relating to a business corporation


2 of 2 noun
: a bond issued by a business corporation

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