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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As the bull market approaches its 10th anniversary in March, worries about trade tensions and interest rates have been overshadowing the strong corporate earnings that had powered the market earlier in the year. William Power, WSJ, "U.S.-Stock Funds Seek Another ‘Up’ Year, but It Will Be Close," 9 Dec. 2018 Jiquanda believes that independent publishers like Flint Beat are able to break away from metric- and traffic-focused benchmarks that can drive coverage in for-profit, corporate newsrooms. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "Nonprofit News Outlets Give Local Communities Control of Media Narratives," 7 Dec. 2018 Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows, said in the blog post announcing the shift. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code, plans move to Windows 7, 8, and Macs," 6 Dec. 2018 On In front of the gorgeous Frederiksberg Gardens, where couples rent boats in the summer and take brisk walks in winter, sits a beloved ice skating rink—without a single corporate sponsor or hideous DJ to be seen. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Copenhagen In December 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 So, finding partners like Best Buy or Target, who was our partner for a very long time, or anyone who understands corporate responsibility, has been so important for the organization. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Eva Longoria on Her Devotion to Philanthropy and the Best Use of a Famous Name," 8 Nov. 2018 Shortly after the Farrow report was published, Moonves touted CBS’ increased revenue and growth but ignored the allegations on a corporate earnings call with investors. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Embattled CBS honcho Les Moonves ‘on his way out’ after sex misconduct accusations, could walk away with $100 million," 6 Sep. 2018 The hub is being planned at UConn’s former West Hartford campus by Seven Stars Cloud, an early-stage financial technology — or fintech — company with a corporate headquarters in New York City’s financial district. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 Compared to other corporate mega-deals, Amazon’s HQ2 subsidies are far from the worst offenders. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 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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