Definition of incorporate
1a : to unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable wholeb : to blend or combine thoroughly
2a : to form into a legal corporationb : to admit to membership in a corporate body
3 : to give material form to : embody
1 : to unite in or as one body
2 : to form or become a corporation
incorporableplay \in-ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
incorporationplay \in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
incorporativeplay \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tiv, -p(ə-)rə-tiv\ adjective
incorporatorplay \in-ˈkȯr-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
Examples of incorporate in a Sentence
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.
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
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of incorporate
INCORPORATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of incorporate for Students
1 : to include (something) as part of something else The plan incorporated all of our ideas.
2 : to form into a corporation
Legal Definition of incorporate
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
: to form a legal corporation
incorporation\in-ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\ play 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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