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incorporate

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verb in·cor·po·rate \ in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of incorporate

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

play \in-ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective

incorporation

play \in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

incorporative

play \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tiv, -p(ə-)rə-tiv\ adjective

incorporator

play \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of incorporate in a Sentence

  1. This design incorporates the best features of our earlier models.

  2. a diet that incorporates many different fruits and vegetables

  3. The company was incorporated in 1981.

  4. The company incorporated in 1981.

Recent Examples of incorporate from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of incorporate

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


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incorporate

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adjective in·cor·po·rate \ in-ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət \

Definition of incorporate

Recent Examples of incorporate from the Web

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First Known Use of incorporate

14th century


Financial Definition of INCORPORATE

incorporate

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.


INCORPORATE Defined for English Language Learners

incorporate

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verb

Definition of incorporate for English Language Learners

  • : to include (something) as part of something else

  • business : to form into a corporation


INCORPORATE Defined for Kids

incorporate

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

Definition of incorporate for Students

incorporated; incorporating
1 :to include (something) as part of something else
  • The plan incorporated all of our ideas.
2 :to form into a corporation

Medical Dictionary

incorporate

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

medical Definition of incorporate

incorporated; incorporating
:to subject to incorporation
  • incorporated his psychiatrist in a system of delusions

incorporative

play \-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrāt-iv, -p(ə-)rət-\ adjective

Law Dictionary

incorporate

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

legal Definition of incorporate

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

play \in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
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


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