incorporate

verb
in·cor·po·rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt \
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 \

Definition of incorporate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other words from incorporate

Verb

incorporable \in-ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rə-bəl \ adjective
incorporation \in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən \ noun
incorporative \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tiv, -p(ə-)rə-tiv \ adjective
incorporator \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tər \ noun

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.

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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The park service is expected later this year to release a full report of the items collected and how they will be incorporated into the memorial. Fox News, "Remaining wreckage of Flight 93 is buried at memorial," 10 July 2018 Others are more avant-garde and incorporate acrobatic moves, or an arrhythmic dance known as flossing. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018 Run mixer on low speed and gradually add flour mixture to yeast mixture, until all flour is incorporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Hannah Walhout, Smithsonian, "Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-Know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus (Recipe)," 5 July 2018 Now, many Boston-area retailers are incorporating these services into their business plans to better target a surge of Chinese tourists. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Businesses court Chinese tourists with WeChat, AliPay," 29 June 2018 What timeline is the Man in Black incorporating now? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 Much of it now belongs to Getty Images, but approximately 300 are the exclusive property of the Southampton Historical Museum, an extremely dedicated nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 1910. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "High Society Photographer Bert Morgan Chronicled the Hamptons' Smart Set Before Everything Changed," 13 June 2018 Though Dale Carnegie was talking about nurturing relationships, a lot of startups these days are incorporating his observation into branding strategy. Janine Wolf, latimes.com, "Oscar, Marcus, Casper, Cora: Companies are using human names to seem more friendly," 11 June 2018 Shower heads, too, are incorporating form and function. Michelle Martin For Toll Brothers, Detroit Free Press, "Top 6 trends in the kitchen and bath," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Denver Art Museum to host first major exhibition from American Indian artist Jeffrey Gibson," 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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incorporation

noun

Financial Definition of incorporation

What It Is

Incorporation means to form a corporation. A corporation is a legal form of business organization. It is sometimes referred to as a "C Corp" in reference to a section of the IRS code governing corporate taxes.

How It Works

Corporations have several distinguishing characteristics.

1. A corporation is owned by shareholders, and their ownership is represented by shares of stock.
2. A corporation has a board of directors, which is a group of people elected by the shareholders to oversee the corporation's managers and represent the best interests of the shareholders.
3. They have unlimited lives; that is, corporations don't "die" or "expire" unless they do so intentionally or go bankrupt and liquidate their assets.
4. The shareholders have limited liability. That is, the liabilities of the corporation do not extend to the shareholders. If the corporation goes bankrupt or defaults on a loan, the corporation's creditors almost always cannot repossess the shareholders' personal assets or seek repayment from the shareholders themselves.
5. Corporations pay income taxes on their taxable income, even if they distribute some of that income directly to the shareholders.
6. Corporations are legal entities that exist separate and apart from their shareholders. In fact, they are usually afforded the legal rights of people. That is, they can own assets, borrow money and sue or be sued.

Why It Matters

To incorporate means to form one of the dominant business structures in the United States, and this is often because the largest advantage to incorporating is the limited liability the structure brings to the company's owners. Incorporation's limited liability encourages investment and in turn makes it easier to raise equity capital, among other things. However, incorporating a business means agreeing to more governance and regulation than other business forms, and this makes them more expensive to operate.

One of the biggest complaints about incorporating is the double taxation of profits it brings: the corporation must pay income taxes on its taxable income, and shareholders also must pay income taxes on that same income if the corporation pays that income out as dividends.

Although some corporations are nonprofit entities, perhaps the most important, prominent and sometimes controversial duty of a corporation is to enhance shareholder value. This duty is most often executed through the maximization of profits.

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incorporate

verb

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 \
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

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incorporate

transitive verb
in·cor·po·rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt \
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, -p(ə-)rət- \ adjective

incorporate

verb
in·cor·po·rate | \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt \
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 \ noun

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