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From Middle English corporat, corporate (a verb in the Middle English Dictionary but “this may be a true adjective” was added as a note), from Latin corporātus, past participle of corporāre (to make into a body), which in turn was formed from corpus (body). See also corpse.



corporate (comparative more corporate, superlative most corporate)

  1. Of or relating to a corporation.
    The one on Seventh Street is a corporate franchise.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
      Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.
  2. Formed into a corporation; incorporated.
  3. Unified into one body; collective.

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corporate (countable and uncountable, plural corporates)

  1. (finance) A bond issued by a corporation.
    • 2009, January 11, “Robert D. Hershey Jr.”, in Look Past 2008 Stars for Gains in Bonds:
      So-called junk corporates and emerging-market debt remain generally out of favor.
  2. A short film produced for internal use in a business, e.g. for training, rather than for a general audience.
    • 2013, Simon Dunmore, Actors' Yearbook 2014:
      Currently there are 19 members, who are all in Spotlight and belong to Equity. Areas of work include theatre, musicals, television, film, commercials, corporates and voiceovers.
  3. (business, uncountable) A corporation that franchises, as opposed to an individual franchise.
    McDonald's corporate issued a new policy today.


corporate (third-person singular simple present corporates, present participle corporating, simple past and past participle corporated)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To incorporate.
    • 1598, John Stow, A Survey of London
      This hospital of Savoy was again new founded, erected, corporated , and endowed with lands by Queen Mary
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To become incorporated.


  • corporate at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • corporate in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • corporate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of corporō