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

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for incorporate

incorporate

verb
How to pronounce incorporate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incorporate

: to include (something) as part of something else
business : 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 incorporative (audio) , -​p(ə-​)rət-​ How to pronounce incorporative (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 incorporation (audio) \ noun

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