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[kawr-per-it, -prit] /ˈkɔr pər ɪt, -prɪt/
of, for, or belonging to a corporation or corporations:
a corporate executive; She considers the new federal subsidy just corporate welfare.
forming a corporation.
pertaining to a united group, as of persons:
the corporate good.
united or combined into one.
a bond issued by a corporation.
Origin of corporate
1350-1400 for v. senses; 1505-15 for adj. senses; Middle English corporaten < Latin corporātus past participle of corporāre to incorporate1; see corpus
Related forms
corporately, adverb
corporateness, noun
anticorporate, adjective
anticorporately, adverb
anticorporateness, noun
intercorporate, adjective
noncorporate, adjective
noncorporately, adverb Unabridged
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  • The veteran vice president for advancement at various times ran everything from the athletics department to corporate spinoffs.
  • corporate campuses often devote a large percentage of available space to landscaping, and those sweeping lawns require irrigation.
  • Traditionally, decisions have been made by political and corporate leadership.
  • Dan's good work is catching on with corporate customers too.
  • The underlying psychology helps explain why ethical lapses in the corporate world seem so pervasive and intractable.
  • The deadlines listed below apply only to corporate and image advertising.
  • They all have their inside corporate reasons, no doubt.
  • University trustees are generally drawn from a business background and are accustomed to corporate plans.
  • The results so far are no match for the depth and breadth of government and corporate products.
  • corporate applications are well under way, and consumer uses are emerging.
British Dictionary definitions for corporate


/ˈkɔːpərɪt; -prɪt/
forming a corporation; incorporated
of or belonging to a corporation or corporations: corporate finance
of or belonging to a united group; joint
Derived Forms
corporately, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin corporātus made into a body, from corporāre, from corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corporate

early 15c., "united in one body," from Latin corporatus, past participle of corporare "form into a body," from corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (see corporeal).

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