Definition of corporate in English:



  • 1Relating to a corporation, especially a large company or group.

    ‘airlines are very keen on their corporate identity’
    • ‘It may be that the value added by corporate headquarters is small, or even negative, in many enterprises.’
    • ‘Such an advisor will be from a firm of accountants, such as mine, or a corporate finance boutique.’
    • ‘The big wealth gains in the second quarter came from corporate equities and housing.’
    • ‘Because of corporate change supervisory and middle management is becoming more and more interactive.’
    • ‘The corporate finance sector in Ireland will continue to experience a flight to quality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the corporate slowdown results in a drop of consumer spending, then the US economy could be in real trouble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When corporate performance declines, incomes moderate and tax yields suffer.’
    • ‘The previous year, the three men hired a corporate finance house to find a buyer for the company.’
    • ‘When it comes to corporate income taxes, it sure pays to be a multinational these days.’
    • ‘The event is being billed as a must for those raising funding and for those in the corporate finance business.’
    • ‘Chambers also specialises in building office furniture for the corporate sector.’
    • ‘The unified bank will be divided into retail and corporate divisions.’
    • ‘It is understood that almost all major corporate finance houses have expressed an interest.’
    • ‘The IRS says it intends to make executive pay a part of every corporate audit from now on.’
    • ‘The unit offers tax relief against rental income, corporate income and personal income.’
    • ‘Using debt to finance a corporate takeover is precisely the same as taking out a mortgage.’
    1. 1.1Law (of a company or group of people) authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law.
      • ‘It was irrelevant in this respect whether the patentee and licensee belonged to the same 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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘Are the professionals advising the government the same professionals who act for foreign corporates?’
    • ‘Many sports clubs, corporates, or private individuals with their own venues run sports events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Schools, educational institutions, the government and the corporates all need to get involved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They say it is no different to other corporates driven by aggressive HR policies.’
    • ‘The rating assesses the average risk of payment default of corporates in the country.’
    • ‘Most people are not remotely aware of these felony convictions of these big corporates.’
    • ‘It is not just the big corporates which are branding their products.’
    • ‘He believes that corporates can make changes in the education system.’
    • ‘What's your view on the relatively low participation of women at executive level in Irish 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.’
    • ‘Yet, corporates look for more than degree certificates from the young men and women whom they interview for jobs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The minister also impressed upon the corporates to empower every citizen with the resource of education.’
    • ‘Because of this amendment, corporates can now directly procure goods from farmers.’


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