corporate (adj.)

early 15c., "united in one body, constituted as a legal corporation," as a number of individuals empowered to do business as an individual, in early use often of municipalities, from Latin corporatus, past participle of corporare "make or fashion into a body, furnish with a body," also "to make into a corpse, kill," from corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (from PIE root *kwrep- "body, form, appearance"). The past participle, corporatus, also was used as a noun meaning "member of a corporation."

In reference to any body of persons united in a community from c. 1600. Related: Corporately; corporateness.

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Definitions of corporate from WordNet

corporate (adj.)
of or belonging to a corporation;
corporate structure
corporate rates
corporate (adj.)
possessing or existing in bodily form; "what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare;
`corporate' is an archaic term
Synonyms: bodied / corporal / embodied / incarnate
corporate (adj.)
done by or characteristic of individuals acting together;
the corporate good
Synonyms: collective
corporate (adj.)
organized and maintained as a legal corporation;
a special agency set up in corporate form
Synonyms: incorporated