Definition of corporate in English:



  • 1Relating to a large company or group.

    ‘airlines are very keen on their corporate identity’
    • ‘Because of corporate change supervisory and middle management is becoming more and more interactive.’
    • ‘The big wealth gains in the second quarter came from corporate equities and housing.’
    • ‘The unified bank will be divided into retail and corporate divisions.’
    • ‘Such an advisor will be from a firm of accountants, such as mine, or a corporate finance boutique.’
    • ‘The event is being billed as a must for those raising funding and for those in the corporate finance business.’
    • ‘The IRS says it intends to make executive pay a part of every corporate audit from now on.’
    • ‘Chambers also specialises in building office furniture for the corporate sector.’
    • ‘When corporate performance declines, incomes moderate and tax yields suffer.’
    • ‘That £209m deal was the largest leveraged buyout in Scottish corporate history.’
    • ‘The presence of a controlling shareholder is a prominent feature of corporate governance.’
    • ‘It is understood that almost all major corporate finance houses have expressed an interest.’
    • ‘It may be that the value added by corporate headquarters is small, or even negative, in many enterprises.’
    • ‘Fitzgerald is promising a tough new visible policy on corporate governance.’
    • ‘The large corporate chains have already taken over our cities and are now infiltrating smaller towns.’
    • ‘The unit offers tax relief against rental income, corporate income and personal income.’
    • ‘If the corporate slowdown results in a drop of consumer spending, then the US economy could be in real trouble.’
    • ‘The corporate finance sector in Ireland will continue to experience a flight to quality.’
    • ‘When it comes to corporate income taxes, it sure pays to be a multinational these days.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Law (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’
      • ‘Counsel for the defendants is content to have the two corporate entities treated as one and the same.’
      • ‘The law on large exposures addresses the risks incurred by banks because they are exposed to the one customer or corporate group.’
      • ‘This time however the concern is the operation of such systems at the level of the corporate group which is the topic of interest.’
      • ‘This legislation is concerned with corporate defendants and not individuals.’
      • ‘It was irrelevant in this respect whether the patentee and licensee belonged to the same corporate group.’
    2. 1.2 Of or shared by all the members of a group.
      ‘the service emphasizes the corporate responsibility of the congregation’
      • ‘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
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  • A corporate company or group.

    • ‘Because of this amendment, corporates can now directly procure goods from farmers.’
    • ‘Cost-cutting by multinational corporates also gave the serviced apartment sector a boost.’
    • ‘What's your view on the relatively low participation of women at executive level in Irish corporates?’
    • ‘Yet, corporates look for more than degree certificates from the young men and women whom they interview for jobs.’
    • ‘He believes that corporates can make changes in the education system.’
    • ‘The minister also impressed upon the corporates to empower every citizen with the resource of education.’
    • ‘More and more corporates are therefore setting up centres in the city.’
    • ‘Are the professionals advising the government the same professionals who act for foreign corporates?’
    • ‘They say it is no different to other corporates driven by aggressive HR policies.’
    • ‘As a result, corporates and individuals could pay money and feature in news columns or other editorial space.’
    • ‘Most people are not remotely aware of these felony convictions of these big corporates.’
    • ‘All the facets of the business environment were deliberated, to shed new light on the working of corporates.’
    • ‘Many major corporates now try to provide transportation for their employees and this is a welcome sign.’
    • ‘Many sports clubs, corporates, or private individuals with their own venues run sports events.’
    • ‘The rating assesses the average risk of payment default of corporates in the country.’
    • ‘Highly acquisitive corporates that are purchasing bolt-on companies are under scrutiny.’
    • ‘We do not need the New Zealand taxpayer paying for the negligence of overseas corporates.’
    • ‘It is not just the big corporates which are branding their products.’
    • ‘Schools, educational institutions, the government and the corporates all need to get involved.’
    • ‘But he may be considering an investor relations position at one of the major Irish corporates.’


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