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 While the Office of the New York City Comptroller — which cuts the settlement checks — tracks details of cases, the NYPD only recently agreed after a court order to incorporate some of the information into its monitoring of officers’ conduct. Mike Hayes, ProPublica, "New York City Paid an NBA Star Millions After an NYPD Officer Broke His Leg. The Officer Paid Little Price.," 12 Jan. 2021 The company will use Evo branding to promote the vPro line, and incorporate CET and TDT technologies into Intel Hardware Shield protection. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The Tiger Lake vPro line is Intel's next bid for business PCs," 11 Jan. 2021 Gilles says the staff now spends more time thinking about how to make a car easy to clean, how to improve filtration, and how to incorporate antimicrobial materials like copper into their interiors. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "What We Learned in 2020: Lessons from Around the Auto Industry," 31 Dec. 2020 Edwards also wants the task force to look at ways to better incorporate the area into the state's Coastal Master Plan. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Longtime protectors of the Atchafalaya's swamps form coalition, push to join state task force," 25 Dec. 2020 Last year, Buck and Mills formed Friday Truehart Consultants, which seeks to help local schools and other organizations incorporate local black history into their work, in Mills’ fourth-great-grandfather’s honor. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the ‘Detectives’ Documenting New Jersey’s Overlooked Black History," 24 Dec. 2020 Instead, districts will have to incorporate those metrics into a more complicated, nuanced and decidedly local equation that will include input from health agencies, superintendents, students and teachers. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: 1,000 new cases, 21 deaths as governor says schools can reopen early next year," 24 Dec. 2020 The failure to incorporate predictable human behavior into pandemic policy is an error of policy design, not the moral failing of Americans. Jacob Hale Russell, STAT, "Let’s put the straw man of pandemic denial out of his misery," 23 Dec. 2020 But resilient residents likely will find a way to responsibly acknowledge the season, to incorporate masks into costumes, to cook for friends and family, and to savor cocktails while socially distancing. Colleen Mcmillar, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know About Carnival to Kick Off Mardi Gras Season," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "When 511 epidemiologists expect to fly, hug, and do 18 other everyday activities again," 8 June 2020 The ideal food system would of course incorporate elements of all three of these visions. Anna Davies, Quartz, "Solo dining is bad for our mental health—and for the planet," 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, "Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food," 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, "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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Time Traveler for incorporate

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

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20 Jan 2021

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“Incorporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incorporate. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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