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From Middle English [Term?], from Late Latin incorporātus, perfect passive participle of incorporō (to embody, to incorporate).



incorporate (third-person singular simple present incorporates, present participle incorporating, simple past and past participle incorporated)

  1. (transitive) To include (something) as a part.
    The design of his house incorporates a spiral staircase.
    to incorporate another's ideas into one's work
    • (Can we date this quote by Addison and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The Romans did not subdue a country to put the inhabitants to fire and sword, but to incorporate them into their own community.
  2. (transitive) To mix (something in) as an ingredient; to blend
    Incorporate air into the mixture.
  3. (transitive) To admit as a member of a company
  4. (transitive) To form into a legal company.
    The company was incorporated in 1980.
  5. (US, law) To include (another clause or guarantee of the US constitution) as a part (of the Fourteenth Amendment, such that the clause binds not only the federal government but also state governments).
  6. To form into a body; to combine, as different ingredients, into one consistent mass.
  7. To unite with a material body; to give a material form to; to embody.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Stillingfleet and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The idolaters, who worshipped their images as gods, supposed some spirit to be incorporated therein.

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incorporate (comparative more incorporate, superlative most incorporate)

  1. (obsolete) Corporate; incorporated; made one body, or united in one body; associated; mixed together; combined; embodied.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
      As if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds / Had been incorporate.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      a fifteenth part of silver incorporate with gold
  2. Not consisting of matter; not having a material body; incorporeal; spiritual.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Walter Raleigh and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Moses forbore to speak of angels, and things invisible, and incorporate.
    • 1905, Leonid Andreyev, trans. Alexandra Linden, The Red Laugh: Fragments of a Discovered Manuscript:
      The air vibrated at a white-hot temperature, the stones seemed to be trembling silently, ready to flow, and in the distance, at a curve of the road, the files of men, guns and horses seemed detached from the earth, and trembled like a mass of jelly in their onward progress, and it seemed to me that they were not living people that I saw before me, but an army of incorporate shadows.
  3. Not incorporated; not existing as a corporation.
    an incorporate banking association





  1. second-person plural present indicative of incorporare
  2. second-person plural imperative of incorporare
  3. feminine plural of incorporato





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of incorporō