[kawr-per-it, -prit]


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 formscor·po·rate·ly, adverbcor·po·rate·ness, nounan·ti·cor·por·ate, adjectivean·ti·cor·por·ate·ly, adverban·ti·cor·por·ate·ness, nounin·ter·cor·po·rate, adjectivenon·cor·po·rate, adjectivenon·cor·po·rate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corporate

Contemporary Examples of corporate

Historical Examples of corporate

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

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Hannibal in 1839 was already a corporate community and had an atmosphere of its own.

  • I feel as if I were part of a corporate body, which leads to misplaced decorum.


    E. F. Benson

  • In the United States the railways are now owned by corporate companies.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Borne by Corporate and other Bodies and Communities, as cities, colleges, &c.

British Dictionary definitions for corporate



forming a corporation; incorporated
of or belonging to a corporation or corporationscorporate finance
of or belonging to a united group; joint
Derived Formscorporately, adverb

Word Origin for corporate

C15: from Latin corporātus made into a body, from corporāre, from corpus body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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