Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unite (one thing) with something else already in existence: incorporated the letter into her diary.
  • transitive v. To admit as a member to a corporation or similar organization.
  • transitive v. To cause to merge or combine together into a united whole.
  • transitive v. To cause to form into a legal corporation: incorporate a business.
  • transitive v. To give substance or material form to; embody.
  • transitive v. Linguistics To cause (a word, for example) to undergo noun incorporation.
  • intransitive v. To become united or combined into an organized body.
  • intransitive v. To become or form a legal corporation: San Antonio incorporated as a city in 1837.
  • intransitive v. Linguistics To be formed by or allow formation by noun incorporation.
  • adj. Combined into one united body; merged.
  • adj. Formed into a legal corporation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To include (something) as a part.
  • v. To mix (something in) as an ingredient; to blend
  • v. To admit as a member of a company
  • v. To form into a legal company.
  • v. In United States constitutional law, to make the powers of the states be limited by the Bill of Rights

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not consisting of matter; not having a material body; incorporeal; spiritual.
  • adj. Not incorporated; not existing as a corporation.
  • adj. Corporate; incorporated; made one body, or united in one body; associated; mixed together; combined; embodied.
  • intransitive v. To unite in one body so as to make a part of it; to be mixed or blended; -- usually followed by with.
  • transitive v. To form into a body; to combine, as different ingredients, into one consistent mass.
  • transitive v. To unite with a material body; to give a material form to; to embody.
  • transitive v. To unite with, or introduce into, a mass already formed; ; -- used with with and into.
  • transitive v. To unite intimately; to blend; to assimilate; to combine into a structure or organization, whether material or mental
  • transitive v. To form into a legal body, or body politic; to constitute into a corporation recognized by law, with special functions, rights, duties and liabilities

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form into a body; combine, as different individuals, elements, materials, or ingredients, into one body.
  • To unite with a body or substance; unite intimately; work in; introduce and combine so as to form a part.
  • To place in a body; give material form to; incarnate; embody.
  • To form into a body corporate or politic; constitute as a corporation, with power to act as one person and have perpetual succession; confer corporate rights upon: as, to incorporate a city or a town; to incorporate a bank or a railroad company.
  • Synonyms and 2. To blend, merge, consolidate.
  • To unite with another body so as to make a part of it; be mixed, blended, or combined; be worked in: usually followed by with.
  • Incorporated; united in one body; mixed; conjoined; intimately associated.
  • Not corporeal; not bodily or material; not having a material body.
  • Not corporate; not existing as a corporation: as, an incorporate bank.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. unite or merge with something already in existence
  • v. form a corporation
  • adj. formed or united into a whole
  • v. make into a whole or make part of a whole
  • v. include or contain; have as a component

Etymologies

Middle English incorporaten, from Late Latin incorporāre, incorporāt-, to form into a body : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin corpus, corpor-, body; see corpus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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