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corporation

[kawr-puh-rey-shuh n] /ˌkɔr pəˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an association of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.
2.
(initial capital letter) the group of principal officials of a borough or other municipal division in England.
3.
any group of persons united or regarded as united in one body.
4.
Informal. a paunch; potbelly.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin corporātiōn- (stem of corporātiō) ‘guild’, Latin: ‘physical makeup, build’. See corporate, -ion
Related forms
corporational, adjective
multicorporation, noun
noncorporation, noun
subcorporation, noun
supercorporation, noun
Usage note
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Examples for corporations
  • The first of its kind, this public-private partnership charts a future in which corporations support conservation.
  • It is our job as consumers to ensure that the market demands both practices from corporations.
  • The largest corporations are the main problem, but they would have no power without the politicians.
  • The other half is that corporations necessarily also earned beyond their means.
  • Therefore, the solution is to cause all corporations to fail.
  • As the engines of much global economic growth, corporations were inevitably at the heart of any solution.
  • Scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops.
  • Eco-corporations are every bit as cut-throat, driven and committed to their goals as any other corporation.
  • The idea is that the money allows corporations to take on higher-risk projects.
  • Pharmaceutical corporations, once fearful of drug pirates, can hardly wait to move in.
British Dictionary definitions for corporations

corporation

/ˌkɔːpəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
a group of people authorized by law to act as a legal personality and having its own powers, duties, and liabilities
2.
Also called municipal corporation. the municipal authorities of a city or town
3.
a group of people acting as one body
5.
(informal) a large paunch or belly
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Word Origin and History for corporations
corporation
1530s, "persons united in a body for some purpose," from such use in Anglo-Latin, from L. corporationem, noun of action from corporare "to embody" (see corporate). Meaning "legally authorized entity" (including municipal governments and modern business companies) is from 1610s.
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corporations in Culture

corporation definition


A business organization owned by a group of stockholders, each of whom enjoys limited liability (that is, each can be held responsible for losses only up to the limit of his or her investment). A corporation has the ability to raise capital by selling stock to the public.

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