incorporate

verb
in·​cor·​po·​rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \
incorporated; incorporating

Definition of incorporate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable whole
b : to blend or combine thoroughly
2a : to form into a legal corporation
b : to admit to membership in a corporate body
3 : to give material form to : embody

intransitive verb

1 : to unite in or as one body
2 : to form or become a corporation

incorporate

adjective
in·​cor·​po·​rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \

Definition of incorporate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from incorporate

Verb

incorporable \ in-​ˈkȯr-​p(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \ adjective
incorporative \ in-​ˈkȯr-​pə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce incorporate (audio) , -​p(ə-​)rə-​tiv \ adjective
incorporator \ in-​ˈkȯr-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for incorporate

Synonyms: Verb

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From its roots, incorporate means basically "add into a body" or "form into a body". So, for example, a chef might decide to incorporate a couple of new ingredients into an old recipe, and then might incorporate that new item into the restaurant's dinner menu. The restaurant itself was probably incorporated at the beginning, and so is now a corporation—that is, a "body" that's legally allowed to act like a single person in certain ways, even if it may have many individual employees. As you can see, the two meanings turn out to be fairly different.

Examples of incorporate in a Sentence

Verb This design incorporates the best features of our earlier models. a diet that incorporates many different fruits and vegetables The company was incorporated in 1981. The company incorporated in 1981.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Look for natural ways to incorporate music into your meetings. Paul Estes, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Even parties that haven’t explicitly changed course on climate change have found ways to incorporate the issue into their worldview. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2021 More recently, Paragon worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to find ways to incorporate improv performances into attractions at the theme parks, according to his biography on The Groundlings' website. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 18 June 2021 Written by Katherine Cobbs, author of Cookies & Cocktails and Tequila & Tacos, the book is filled with fun and creative ways to incorporate everyday kitchen staples from the pantry, garden, and cupboard into drink recipes. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 18 May 2021 Smile, laugh and find ways to incorporate humor into daily life. Veronica Mitchell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 Finding new ways to incorporate a tourbillon has become a perennial exercise for modern watchmakers. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 15 May 2021 Thilstead also found ways to incorporate the fish into the diets of people who needed the additional nutrition. David Pitt, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 For many, cheese is a key component and one of the best ways to incorporate cheese into your comfort food is with a quesadilla maker. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The staff was reorganized in an effort to more seamlessly incorporate front-office data into game planning. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2021 The majority of those surveyed also suggested that hotel business models will shift with increasingly incorporate alternative accommodation options (such as short-term rentals) into their business models. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 1 Mar. 2021 Their answers are not guidelines for the public and incorporate respondents’ individual life circumstances, risk tolerance, and expectations about when there will be widespread testing, contact tracing, treatment, and vaccination for COVID-19. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2020 The ideal food system would of course incorporate elements of all three of these visions. Anna Davies, Quartz, 4 Nov. 2019 Since 2013, Black Bottle Brewery in Colorado has made beer using Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms and Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, though none of those incorporate food waste. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, 3 July 2019 Gibson’s works, which take inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as modernism and popular culture, incorporate materials such as rawhide, tipi poles, sterling silver, wool blankets, metal cones, beads, fringe and sinew. John Wenzel, The Know, 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of incorporate

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incorporate

Verb

Middle English, from Late Latin incorporatus, past participle of incorporare, from Latin in- + corpor-, corpus body — more at midriff

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The first known use of incorporate was in the 14th century

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“Incorporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incorporate. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for incorporate

incorporate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incorporate

: to include (something) as part of something else
: to form into a corporation

incorporate

verb
in·​cor·​po·​rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \
incorporated; incorporating

Kids Definition of incorporate

1 : to include (something) as part of something else The plan incorporated all of our ideas.
2 : to form into a corporation

incorporate

transitive verb
in·​cor·​po·​rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \
incorporated; incorporating

Medical Definition of incorporate

: to subject to incorporation incorporated his psychiatrist in a system of delusions

Other Words from incorporate

incorporative \ -​ˈkȯr-​pə-​ˌrāt-​iv How to pronounce incorporate (audio) , -​p(ə-​)rət-​ How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \ adjective

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incorporate

verb
in·​cor·​po·​rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \
incorporated; incorporating

Legal Definition of incorporate

transitive verb

1 : to unite with something else to form a whole incorporate the agreement into the divorce
2 : to form (as a business) into a legal corporation
3 : to include (rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights) within the guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment — see also selective incorporation, total incorporation

intransitive verb

: to form a legal corporation
incorporate by reference
: to make (the terms of a contemporaneous or earlier document) part of another document (as a codicil) by specific reference in that document — see also republish

Other Words from incorporate

incorporation \ in-​ˌkȯr-​pə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce incorporate (audio) \ noun

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