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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The Treasury Department on Thursday said government receipts fell 7% in June compared with the same month a year earlier, including a 33% drop in gross corporate taxes. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "U.S. Government Revenues Drop in Wake of Tax Cuts," 12 July 2018 The few big laws that are approved, like Barack Obama’s health-care reform or Mr Trump’s corporate-tax cuts, pass on party-line votes. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 That would give them the ability to increase state revenue without Republican support, and a better shot at increasing corporate taxes in a state where corporations pay one of the lowest rates in the nation. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Calls for Democratic candidate for state House to quit," 9 July 2018 Ideally, state revenues would be a balance of personal income tax, corporate and property tax and sales tax. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 Still, some of the new cash, such as increased corporate taxes, is probably due to underlying economic strength. Joshua Miller,, "State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected," 6 July 2018 La Bamba's scheme enabled the companies to evade payroll and corporate taxes. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Feds expose shadowy, $500 million check-cashing chain in Hialeah and its real owner," 2 July 2018 Under the tax law, individual income tax rates are slated to increase sharply at the end of the decade, while corporate taxes remain low. Evan Halper,, "Trump tax cuts carry a big price tag: Huge debt and risk of another financial crisis, budget office warns," 26 June 2018 New tax laws can make corporate bonds attractive for higher interest-rate payouts. Bill Zimmerman,, "Stocks are down, bonds are up. Is it time to switch?," 22 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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