in·​cor·​po·​ra·​tion | \ in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce incorporation (audio) \
plural incorporations

Definition of incorporation

1 : 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
2 : creation or formation of a legal corporation The American Maine-Anjou Association is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary of incorporation.American Beef Cattleman

First Known Use of incorporation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Incorporation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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in·​cor·​po·​ra·​tion | \ in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce incorporation (audio) \

Medical Definition of incorporation

1 : the process of taking in and uniting with something especially by chemical reaction the incorporation of a radioisotope by living cells
2 : the psychological process of identifying with or introjecting something the incorporation of the external world in the superego— G. S. Blum

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