Definition of corporation in English:


Line breaks: cor|por|ation
Pronunciation: /kɔːpəˈreɪʃ(ə)n


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
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  • 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.
2British A group of people elected to govern a city, town, or borough: the City of London Corporation
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  • 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.
council, town council, municipal authority, civic authority;
3 dated , humorous A paunch.


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

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