[ 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.

  1. to take in or include as a part or parts, as the body or a mass does: His book incorporates his earlier essay.

  2. to form or combine into one body or uniform substance, as ingredients.

  3. to embody; exemplify: His book incorporates all his thinking on the subject.

  4. to form into a society or organization.

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.

  1. legally incorporated, as a company.

  2. combined into one body, mass, or substance.

  1. Archaic. embodied.

Origin of incorporate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin incorporātus, past participle of incorporāre “to embody, incarnate”; see in-2, corporate

Other words for incorporate

Other words from incorporate

  • in·cor·po·ra·tion, noun
  • in·cor·po·ra·tive, adjective
  • non·in·cor·po·ra·tive, adjective

Words Nearby incorporate

Other definitions for incorporate (2 of 2)

[ in-kawr-per-it, -prit ]

  1. not embodied; incorporeal.

Origin of incorporate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Late Latin incorporātus “not embodied”; see in-3, corporate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use incorporate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incorporate (1 of 2)


  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

  1. 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)
  1. combined into a whole; incorporated

  2. formed into or constituted as a corporation

Origin of incorporate

C14 (in the sense: put into the body of something else): from Late Latin incorporāre to embody, from Latin in- ² + corpus body

Derived forms of incorporate

  • incorporative, adjective
  • incorporation, noun

British Dictionary definitions for incorporate (2 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈkɔːpərɪt, -prɪt) /

  1. an archaic word for incorporeal

Origin of incorporate

C16: from Late Latin incorporātus, from Latin in- 1 + corporātus furnished with a body

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