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corporate Line breaks: cor|por|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːp(ə)rət/

Definition of corporate in English:


1Relating to a large company or group: airlines are very keen on their corporate identity
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  • The previous year, the three men hired a corporate finance house to find a buyer for the company.
  • Using debt to finance a corporate takeover is precisely the same as taking out a mortgage.
  • It is understood that almost all major corporate finance houses have expressed an interest.
1.1 Law (Of a large company or group) authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law: local authorities, like other corporate bodies, may reduce capital spending the rules set by the corporate organization
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  • It was irrelevant in this respect whether the patentee and licensee belonged to the same corporate group.
  • The law on large exposures addresses the risks incurred by banks because they are exposed to the one customer or corporate group.
  • Counsel for the defendants is content to have the two corporate entities treated as one and the same.
1.2Of or shared by all the members of a group: the service emphasizes the corporate responsibility of the congregation
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  • Even in the church we have little sense of community and of corporate responsibility.
collective, shared, common, communal, joint, combined, united, allied, amalgamated, pooled, merged, concerted, collaborative, cooperative;
company, business, house


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A corporate company or group.
Example sentences
  • The rating assesses the average risk of payment default of corporates in the country.
  • Most people are not remotely aware of these felony convictions of these big corporates.
  • We do not need the New Zealand taxpayer paying for the negligence of overseas corporates.


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  • High Rise tells the story of a newly opened, fully self-contained, 40 story apartment block built on the outskirts of London, corporately owned and administered by the residents.
  • Seattle-based Boeing is coming north of the border corporately for the first time tomorrow with a marketing presentation to airlines, airports, politicians and businessmen on the benefits of the Dreamliner.
  • But the problem is that media is also corporately owned and, therefore, probably limited in its ability to be ‘objective’ in these matters.


Late 15th century: from Latin corporatus, past participle of corporare 'form into a body', from corpus, corpor- 'body'.

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