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

Recent Examples on the Web Kyren Williams is versatile enough to get the job done, especially with Sean McVay’s offensive creativity and incorporation of other players in the run game. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Meanwhile, Bryce Dessner’s bold score blurs together past and present through the incorporation of diegetic noises, so that the clang of broken glass becomes an unbearable cacophony reverberating between Barbe-Nicole’s stress now and François’ mania then. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2023 The incorporation of pre-workout supplements has become a common practice among powerlifters, with a staggering 92% utilizing these products to enhance their performance. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2023 What happened San Tan Valley residents iffy on incorporation at meeting Brown v. City of Phoenix has two potential primary outcomes, said Ilan Wurman, an attorney for the plaintiffs. Juliette Rihl, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2023 The Local Boundary Commission, the state board charged with considering proposals for incorporation by municipalities, gave Hoonah’s proposal an informal review in February and flagged several concerns. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2023 Almost all the Democratic political leaders in attendance referenced recent attempts by conservative politicians to limit the teaching of Black history and slavery in public schools, as well as the incorporation of diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Vivian La, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 The film also documents her incorporation of pedestrian movement into her performances. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2023 The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to put the incorporation of Vail on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Incorporation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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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