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corporation

Line breaks: cor|por|ation
Pronunciation: /kɔːpəˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of corporation in English:

noun

1A large company or group of companies authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law: the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation multinational corporations
More example sentences
  • The majority of creditors are large corporations and insurance and reinsurance companies.
  • The applicant was the largest creditor of the corporation and substantially financed its incorporation.
  • Multinational corporations have taken over the economy while being protected by the law.
Synonyms
2British A group of people elected to govern a city, town, or borough: the City of London Corporation
More example sentences
  • The Municipal Corporations Act of 1835 had given elected corporations to the large towns.
  • Holland was ruled by the Regent corporations of the eighteen cities represented in the Holland States.
  • Thirty-three years ago he even won a seat on the city corporation for one term at a time when the Tories were serious contenders for power in George Square.
Synonyms
council, town council, municipal authority, civic authority;
3 dated , humorous A paunch.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin corporatio(n-), from Latin corporare 'combine in one body' (see corporate).

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  • midriff from (Old English):

    The second part of midriff is Old English hrif ‘belly’, which goes back to the same root as Latin corpus ‘body’, the source of many English words including corporation (Late Middle English), one of whose meanings is ‘a protruding abdomen’.

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