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 Jackson launches the Wall Street Project, a challenge to corporate America to end the multibillion-dollar trade deficit with minority vendors and consumers. Kori Rumore,, 7 Oct. 2021 For the average individual working in the fields of law, banking, or corporate America for that matter, their ability to produce value through their human capital extends over the course of an entire 30-, 40-, or even 50-plus year career. Nick Lomaglio, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 And the headlines of the business section now have been stitched together with legal filings to paint a picture of corporate America taking care of its own. Philip Elliott, Time, 6 Oct. 2021 But while corporate America’s official responses often felt like crisis PR disguised as philanthropy, Netflix’s approach stood out. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 That move is reshaping corporate America, writes Evan Halper. Noah Bierman Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Even in the face of a global pandemic, women continued to make strides in corporate America last year. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Namely, corporate America stands to benefit in some fashion or form. Faiz Shakir, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 The MPW Summit is Fortune's annual event bringing together women leaders across corporate America and beyond. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 24 Sep. 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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10 Oct 2021

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“Corporate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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