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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Recent Examples on the Web Like Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey has been developing new software and services extending beyond corporate surveys. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 9 June 2021 The industry net-interest margin, a key measure of lending profitability, fell to a record low in the first quarter, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Some banks are encouraging corporate customers to consider alternatives. David Benoit, WSJ, 9 June 2021 This family connection was previously disclosed, and corporate governance experts haven't voiced any concerns about it. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2021 In addition to stores, the company also operates corporate offices, distribution facilities and a private label food production plant in Wisconsin. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 Her clients include parents who need help with their kids’ stuff as well as corporate executives and A-list celebrities. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 The level of diversity on America's biggest corporate boards has never been higher. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 9 June 2021 The president, whose proposals must be approved by Congress, would also raise taxes on corporations, which would affect wealthy investors who own corporate stocks. Paul Sawyer, Arkansas Online, 9 June 2021 To create equitable workspaces, businesses should make sure the corporate leadership pipeline includes people who represent the LGBTQ+ community, Slade says. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Corporate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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