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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 growth of a stable, complex, and continuous social order implies the formation of a corporate memory.

  • We do not easily realise the corporate character of life in those days.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Other organizations of workingmen have themselves felt the oppressive hand of corporate capital.

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • I feel as if I were part of a corporate body, which leads to misplaced decorum.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • We have given this instance to show the direct influence of this corporate power over the president.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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