cor·po·rate | \ ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət \

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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Her emails reached the board, which includes corporate executives, investment managers and evangelical leaders. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 That's why Wall Street will be listening closely to top corporate executives to see just how much of a threat a full-fledged trade war between the U.S. and its trading partners will have on business results. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "How 401(k) investors can profit from strong earnings season on Wall Street," 13 July 2018 The mayor’s proposal comes as the necktie’s presence in corporate America is waning. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Neckties may be next to face a ban in California, if mayor's proposal gains traction," 13 July 2018 Government officials and corporate executives attending the summit will discuss ways to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, even though President Trump has stated his intention to withdraw the United States from it. David R. Baker,, "California and New York City: We’ll buy more electric cars. How about you?," 10 July 2018 The chief operating officer, chief customer officer, corporate administration executive and chief development officer positions have been eliminated, Lowe's said in a statement. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's announces major shakeup of executive roles," 9 July 2018 The rally in this city of 1.3 million has attracted an eclectic mix of bikers, from Hells Angels members to corporate executives. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson riders in Prague share a parade, stories, at a rally that fuels their passion," 7 July 2018 In the week ahead, investors will begin hearing how the trade trouble could impact the operations of corporate America. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Earnings energy taxed by tariffs," 5 July 2018 McCarthy will play a former corporate executive who is selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence – which may or may not take over the world. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Melissa McCarthy film seeking extras," 28 June 2018

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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

: produced by or associated with large corporations


cor·po·rate | \ ˈkȯr-pə-rət \

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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