Definition of corporate in English:



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

    ‘airlines are very keen on their corporate identity’
    • ‘The unified bank will be divided into retail and corporate divisions.’
    • ‘The presence of a controlling shareholder is a prominent feature of corporate governance.’
    • ‘When it comes to corporate income taxes, it sure pays to be a multinational these days.’
    • ‘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 previous year, the three men hired a corporate finance house to find a buyer for the company.’
    • ‘It may be that the value added by corporate headquarters is small, or even negative, in many enterprises.’
    • ‘That £209m deal was the largest leveraged buyout in Scottish corporate history.’
    • ‘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 IRS says it intends to make executive pay a part of every corporate audit from now on.’
    • ‘Because of corporate change supervisory and middle management is becoming more and more interactive.’
    • ‘If the corporate slowdown results in a drop of consumer spending, then the US economy could be in real trouble.’
    • ‘The big wealth gains in the second quarter came from corporate equities and housing.’
    • ‘The event is being billed as a must for those raising funding and for those in the corporate finance business.’
    • ‘Such an advisor will be from a firm of accountants, such as mine, or a corporate finance boutique.’
    • ‘It is understood that almost all major corporate finance houses have expressed an interest.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Law (of a company or group of people) authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law.
      • ‘The law on large exposures addresses the risks incurred by banks because they are exposed to the one customer or corporate group.’
      • ‘Counsel for the defendants is content to have the two corporate entities treated as one and the same.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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
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  • A corporate company or group.

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


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