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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hollywood and corporate America viewed both Iger and Eisner not just as suits, but as visionaries. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 The company appears set to lay off approximately 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs, in what would be the largest cuts in the company’s history. Karen Weise, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022 The improved performance comes amid a flurry of changes, including a recent deal to sell its apparel on Amazon, cutting ties with Kanye West (who goes by Ye) after his anti-Semitic remarks, and eliminating about 500 corporate jobs. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Amazon plans to eliminate approximately 10,000 corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be the largest job cuts in the company's history. Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2022 Amazon is planning to lay off some 10,000 employees in corporate and technology jobs, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 14 Nov. 2022 With the departures of Cameron, Clegg, and Osborne—to the comfort of corporate jobs or consultancies—the next set of characters took the stage for Act II. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 As the publication noted, other recently reported moves by Amazon seemingly aimed at keeping costs low amid slowing retail sales include closing warehouses and, according to a Bloomberg report yesterday, a hiring freeze on retail corporate jobs. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 5 Oct. 2022 Republicans could also push for further limits to Chinese involvement on Wall Street, in corporate America, and on college campuses. Steven Erlanger,, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 5 Dec. 2022.

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

corporate 1 of 2


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


2 of 2


: a bond issued by a business corporation

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