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[v. in-kawr-puh-reyt; adj. in-kawr-per-it, -prit] /v. ɪnˈkɔr pəˌreɪt; adj. ɪnˈkɔr pər ɪt, -prɪt/
verb (used with object), incorporated, incorporating.
to form into a legal corporation.
to put or introduce into a body or mass as an integral part or parts:
to incorporate revisions into a text.
to take in or include as a part or parts, as the body or a mass does:
His book incorporates his earlier essay.
to form or combine into one body or uniform substance, as ingredients.
to embody:
His book incorporates all his thinking on the subject.
to form into a society or organization.
verb (used without object), incorporated, incorporating.
to form a legal corporation.
to unite or combine so as to form one body.
legally incorporated, as a company.
combined into one body, mass, or substance.
Archaic. embodied.
Origin of incorporate1
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin incorporātus past participle of incorporāre to embody, incarnate. See in-2, corporate
Related forms
incorporation, noun
incorporative, adjective
nonincorporative, adjective
4. embody, assimilate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incorporates
  • He operates in a variety of mediums, from sculpture to painting, and frequently incorporates found objects into his work.
  • It incorporates time travel and paranoid schizophrenia, along with other elements of science.
  • Eco-friendly building incorporates a wide variety of concepts and strategies during the design and construction process.
  • Maiolica is another name for tin-glazed earthenware, made by bathing clay vessels in a glaze that incorporates tin oxides.
  • The film incorporates brief moments of simple but memorable cinematographic magic.
  • Historic archaeology incorporates written records into archaeological research.
  • MrP actually takes a novel approach to teaching the course, and incorporates film as well as readings.
  • It was good that my sea books featured the same friends, given that one's memory of a boat incorporates the company aboard it.
  • Each tag incorporates a tiny microchip encoded with a unique identification number.
  • To search out target cells, the viral coat incorporates recognition and docking sites for specific cell types.
British Dictionary definitions for incorporates


verb (ɪnˈkɔːpəˌreɪt)
to include or be included as a part or member of a united whole
to form or cause to form a united whole or mass; merge or blend
to form (individuals, an unincorporated enterprise, etc) into a corporation or other organization with a separate legal identity from that of its owners or members
adjective (ɪnˈkɔːpərɪt; -prɪt)
combined into a whole; incorporated
formed into or constituted as a corporation
Derived Forms
incorporative, adjective
incorporation, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: put into the body of something else): from Late Latin incorporāre to embody, from Latin in-² + corpus body


/ɪnˈkɔːpərɪt; -prɪt/
an archaic word for incorporeal
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin incorporātus, from Latin in-1 + corporātus furnished with a body
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Word Origin and History for incorporates



late 14c., "to put (something) into the body or substance of (something else)," from Late Latin incorporatus, past participle of incorporare "unite into one body," from Latin in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (see corporeal). Meaning "to legally form a body politic" is from 1460s. Related: Incorporated; incorporating.

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