Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To unite (one thing) with something else already in existence.
  • intransitive verb To admit as a member to a corporation or similar organization.
  • intransitive verb To cause to merge or combine together into a united whole.
  • intransitive verb To cause to form into a legal corporation.
  • intransitive verb To give substance or material form to; embody.
  • intransitive verb To become united or combined into an organized body.
  • intransitive verb To become or form a legal corporation.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To move from the head of one phrase to the head of another, forming a new word by affixing onto that head, as in certain languages when a noun object of a verb is affixed to the verb.
  • adjective Combined into one united body; merged.
  • adjective Formed into a legal corporation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not corporeal; not bodily or material; not having a material body.
  • Not corporate; not existing as a corporation: as, an incorporate bank.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English incorporaten, from Late Latin incorporāre, incorporāt-, to form into a body : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in– + Latin corpus, corpor-, body; see corpus.]

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