incorporate

1 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: to unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable whole
b
: to blend or combine thoroughly
2
a
: 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
incorporable adjective
incorporative
in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce incorporate (audio)
-p(ə-)rə-tiv
adjective
incorporator noun

incorporate

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adjective

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

Did you know?

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.

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
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Adjective
This new exhibition examines how like artists like Eadweard Muybridge, Andy Warhol, Carl Pope Jr., Lorna Simpson and more incorporate photographic images in their work with a focus on the tools, techniques and processes at their disposal. Joey Morona, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 All the pieces Kikuno has made incorporate Japanese elements, such as dials with mokume-gane motifs, intricate wood-like patterns created through the forging of different metals. Vivian Morelli, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2022 The best stocking gifts for her incorporate practicality with a dash of luxury. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 July 2022 Reuters reported Navalny’s existing sentence will be incorporate in the nine-year sentence handed down by Judge Margarita Kotova Tuesday. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 22 Mar. 2022 Both like interiors that mix high and low and incorporate flea-market treasurers — a floral still life, a vintage bar cart — alongside signature pieces from established designers like Jean-Michel Frank and Pierre Paulin. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Get feedback from those who are skeptical and incorporate solutions to their concerns in the presentation. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Incorporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incorporate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

incorporate

verb
in·​cor·​po·​rate
in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt
incorporated; incorporating
1
: to unite or combine to form a single whole : blend
2
: to give form to : embody
3
: to form, make into, or become a corporation
incorporate a company
incorporation
-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən
noun
incorporator
-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt-ər
noun

Medical Definition

incorporate

transitive verb
in·​cor·​po·​rate in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce incorporate (audio)
incorporated; incorporating
: to subject to incorporation
incorporated his psychiatrist in a system of delusions
incorporative adjective

Legal Definition

incorporate

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

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
incorporation noun

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