in·​cor·​po·​ra·​tion in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce incorporation (audio)
plural incorporations
: the act or an instance of incorporating : something or the state of being incorporated
incorporation of a conquered territory into an empire
incorporation of new ideas into a business plan
Since silver is a conductor of heat, it was deemed inappropriate for hot drinks until the incorporation of wood, ivory, or bone handles made it possible to use silver for pots, hot water kettles, and the like.Allison Eckardt Ledes
… the U.S. delegation has been advocating reforestation and the incorporation of carbon in agricultural soils as a substitute for reducing emissions from burning fossil fuels.Bette Hileman
These examples show clean and clever design, thoughtful material selection, and incorporation of furniture or furniture-like elements.Bill Crosby
: creation or formation of a legal corporation
The American Maine-Anjou Association is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary of incorporation.American Beef Cattleman

Examples of incorporation in a Sentence

the workers stood nervously before the company boss, for he was to them the incorporation of all that controlled their fate
Recent Examples on the Web Those incorporation documents were signed on April 10, 2023, by Sam Altman in his capacity as CEO of OpenAI. Kelsey Piper, Vox, 22 May 2024 Bell, who went on to become NFL commissioner in 1946, was also responsible for the incorporation of television and the addition of night games, the Pro Bowl, sudden death overtime, and the additions of the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 25 Apr. 2024 This effort faces many challenges, from what incorporation would mean for the availability of liquor licenses to the cost of the process. Nick Bowlin, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2024 This process, then, is better understood as an example of how the United States previously failed to achieve a democratic demographic transition because immigrant incorporation produced more racial domination. Danielle Allen, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 See all Example Sentences for incorporation 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Incorporation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


in·​cor·​po·​ra·​tion in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce incorporation (audio)
: the process of taking in and uniting with something especially by chemical reaction
the incorporation of a radioisotope by living cells
: the psychological process of identifying with or introjecting something
the incorporation of the external world in the superegoG. S. Blum

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