Definition of corporate in English:



  • 1Relating to a large company or group:

    ‘airlines are very keen on their corporate identity’
    • ‘The big wealth gains in the second quarter came from corporate equities and housing.’
    • ‘The previous year, the three men hired a corporate finance house to find a buyer for the company.’
    • ‘The IRS says it intends to make executive pay a part of every corporate audit from now on.’
    • ‘If the corporate slowdown results in a drop of consumer spending, then the US economy could be in real trouble.’
    • ‘When it comes to corporate income taxes, it sure pays to be a multinational these days.’
    • ‘Such an advisor will be from a firm of accountants, such as mine, or a corporate finance boutique.’
    • ‘It may be that the value added by corporate headquarters is small, or even negative, in many enterprises.’
    • ‘It is understood that almost all major corporate finance houses have expressed an interest.’
    • ‘Because of corporate change supervisory and middle management is becoming more and more interactive.’
    • ‘Using debt to finance a corporate takeover is precisely the same as taking out a mortgage.’
    • ‘The unit offers tax relief against rental income, corporate income and personal income.’
    • ‘When corporate performance declines, incomes moderate and tax yields suffer.’
    • ‘The large corporate chains have already taken over our cities and are now infiltrating smaller towns.’
    • ‘The event is being billed as a must for those raising funding and for those in the corporate finance business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The corporate finance sector in Ireland will continue to experience a flight to quality.’
    • ‘Chambers also specialises in building office furniture for the corporate sector.’
    • ‘The unified bank will be divided into retail and corporate divisions.’
    • ‘Fitzgerald is promising a tough new visible policy on corporate governance.’
    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’
      • ‘It was irrelevant in this respect whether the patentee and licensee belonged to the same corporate group.’
      • ‘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 legislation is concerned with corporate defendants and not individuals.’
      • ‘This time however the concern is the operation of such systems at the level of the corporate group which is the topic of interest.’
    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
      company, business, house
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  • A corporate company or group.

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


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