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[verb in-kawr-puh-reyt; adjective in-kawr-per-it, -prit]
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verb (used with object), in·cor·po·rat·ed, in·cor·po·rat·ing.
  1. to form into a legal corporation.
  2. to put or introduce into a body or mass as an integral part or parts: to incorporate revisions into a text.
  3. to take in or include as a part or parts, as the body or a mass does: His book incorporates his earlier essay.
  4. to form or combine into one body or uniform substance, as ingredients.
  5. to embody: His book incorporates all his thinking on the subject.
  6. to form into a society or organization.
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verb (used without object), in·cor·po·rat·ed, in·cor·po·rat·ing.
  1. to form a legal corporation.
  2. to unite or combine so as to form one body.
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  1. legally incorporated, as a company.
  2. combined into one body, mass, or substance.
  3. Archaic. embodied.
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Origin of incorporate1

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin incorporātus past participle of incorporāre to embody, incarnate. See in-2, corporate
Related formsin·cor·po·ra·tion, nounin·cor·po·ra·tive, adjectivenon·in·cor·po·ra·tive, adjective


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[in-kawr-per-it, -prit]
adjective Archaic.
  1. not embodied; incorporeal.
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Origin of incorporate2

First recorded in 1525–35, incorporate is from the Late Latin word incorporātus not embodied. See in-3, corporate
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verb (ɪnˈkɔːpəˌreɪt)
  1. to include or be included as a part or member of a united whole
  2. to form or cause to form a united whole or mass; merge or blend
  3. 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
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adjective (ɪnˈkɔːpərɪt, -prɪt)
  1. combined into a whole; incorporated
  2. formed into or constituted as a corporation
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Derived Formsincorporative, adjectiveincorporation, 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


  1. an archaic word for incorporeal
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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 incorporate


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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