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American English Dictionary

corporation (ˌkɔrpəˈreɪʃən )



  1. a legal entity that exists independently of the person or persons who have been granted the charter creating it and that is invested with many of the rights given to individuals: a corporation may enter into contracts, buy and sell property, etc.
  2. a group of people, as the mayor and aldermen of an incorporated town, legally authorized to act as an individual
  3. any of the political and economic bodies forming a corporative state, each being composed of the employers and employees in a certain industry, profession, etc.
  4. (informal) a large, prominent belly

Word Origin

ME corporacioun < LL(Ec) corporatio, assumption of a body, incarnation < pp. of L corporare: see corporate; (sense 4) prob. from assoc. with , corpulent, etc.


View thesaurus entry
= business, association, corporate body, society
= town council, civic authorities, council, municipal authorities
= potbelly, paunch, beer belly (informal), middle-age spread (informal), spare tire (slang), spread (informal)

Translations for 'corporation'

Example Sentences Including 'corporation'

At the very least, they had been involved with Morgana, Inc., the shadow corporation that dealt in illegal arms trading.
Lustbader, Eric Floating City (1994)


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