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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
    • Addison
      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.
    • Shakespeare
      By your leaves, you shall not stay alone, / Till holy church incorporate two in one.
  7. To unite with a material body; to give a material form to; to embody.
    • Bishop Stillingfleet
      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.
    • Shakespeare
      As if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds / Had been incorporate.
    • Francis Bacon
      a fifteenth part of silver incorporate with gold
  2. Not consisting of matter; not having a material body; incorporeal; spiritual.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      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