cor·​po·​rate | \ ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce corporate (audio) \

Definition of corporate

1a : formed into an association and endowed by law with the rights and liabilities of an individual : incorporated
b : of or relating to a corporation a plan to reorganize the corporate structure
c : of, relating to, or being the large corporations of a country or region considered as a unit the latest trend in corporate America
d : having qualities (such as commercialism or lack of originality) associated with large corporations or attributed to their influence or control corporate rock music corporate art
2 : of, relating to, or formed into a unified body of individuals Human law arises by the corporate action of a people …— George H. Sabine

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Other Words from corporate

corporately adverb

Examples of corporate in a Sentence

We have to change the corporate structure to survive. A bunch of corporate types in suits were sitting at the table in the conference room. He is one of the most powerful men in corporate America. The business is a corporate entity.
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Recent Examples on the Web The instructions also list corporate and international tax reform and Internal Revenue Service tax enforcement as options -- both of which Republicans shot down in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Tami Luhby And Katie Lobosco, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 And Texas has pushed in recent years to attract more high-skilled workers, along with corporate headquarters, from traditional tech hotbeds such as Silicon Valley. Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2021 In June, Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade announced 1,000 new jobs in North Texas, where Schwab’s new corporate headquarters is located. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 And the other tower was the corporate headquarters for Gannett, which owns USA Today. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 1 Sep. 2021 About 35% of Pioneer’s field workers were vaccinated, compared with 80% at corporate headquarters, Chief Executive Officer Scott Sheffield told Bloomberg TV earlier this month. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 The granite structure, commissioned by CBS’ then President Frank Stanton, has served as CBS’ corporate headquarters since 1965. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 In this context, the disinformation project is simply an unofficial partnership between Big Tech, corporate media, elite universities, and cash-rich foundations. Joseph Bernstein, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 It is displayed on the side of a truck that will be driving around the national supermarket's corporate headquarters on Vine Street in Cincinnati from Tuesday through Saturday, according to a spokesperson for Accountable. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of corporate

1512, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corporate

borrowed from Latin corporātus, past participle of corporāre "to form into a body, form (an organized social group)," verbal derivative of corpor-, corpus "body, organized group of people" — more at midriff

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The first known use of corporate was in 1512

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“Corporate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corporate

: involving or associated with a corporation
: consisting of or including large corporations
: produced by or associated with large corporations


cor·​po·​rate | \ ˈkȯr-pə-rət How to pronounce corporate (audio) \

Legal Definition of corporate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a business corporation



Legal Definition of corporate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bond issued by a business corporation

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