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.

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.
  3. Archaic. embodied.

adjective Archaic.

  1. not embodied; incorporeal.

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

adjective (ɪnˈkɔːpərɪt, -prɪt)

  1. combined into a whole; incorporated
  2. formed into or constituted as a corporation


  1. an archaic word for incorporeal

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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