What does Corporation mean?

Definitions for Corporation
ˌkɔr pəˈreɪ ʃəncor·po·ra·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Corporation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. corporation, corpnoun

    a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state

  2. pot, potbelly, bay window, corporation, tummynoun

    slang for a paunch


  1. corporationnoun

    A group of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.

  2. corporationnoun

    In Fascist Italy, a joint association of employers' and workers' representatives.

  3. corporationnoun

    A protruding belly; a paunch.

  4. Etymology: From corporatio, from coporare, past participle corporatus; see corporate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Corporationnoun

    A corporation is a body politick, authorized by the king’s charter to have a common seal, one head officer or more, and members, able, by their common consent, to grant or receive, in law, any thing within the compass of their charter: even as one man may do by law all things, that by law he is not forbidden; and bindeth the successors, as a single man binds his executor or heir. John Cowell

    Etymology: from corpus, Latin.

    Of angels we are not to consider only what they are, and do, in regard of their own being; but that also which concerneth them, as they are linked into a kind of corporation amongst themselves, and of society or fellowship with men. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 4.

    Of this we find some foot-steps in our law,
    Which doth her root from God and nature take;
    Ten thousand men she doth together draw,
    And of them all one corporation make. Davies.


  1. corporation

    A corporation is a legal entity separate from its owners, created under the laws of a state or a country, which has rights and liabilities independent of its shareholders. It can enter into contracts, sue and be sued, own assets, and pay taxes as if it were an individual. Incorporation protects the owners from personal liability for the company's debts and actions. A corporation is managed by a board of directors elected by the entity's shareholders.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corporationnoun

    a body politic or corporate, formed and authorized by law to act as a single person, and endowed by law with the capacity of succession; a society having the capacity of transacting business as an individual

  2. Etymology: [L. corporatio incarnation: cf. F. corporation corporation.]


  1. Corporation

    A corporation is a separate legal entity that has been incorporated through a legislative or registration process established through legislation. Incorporated entities have legal rights and liabilities that are distinct from their employees and shareholders, and may conduct business as either a profit-seeking business or not for profit business. Early incorporated entities were established by charter. Most jurisdictions now allow the creation of new corporations through registration. In addition to legal personality, registered corporations tend to have limited liability, be owned by shareholders who can transfer their shares to others, and controlled by a board of directors who are normally elected or appointed by the shareholders. In American English the word corporation is widely used to describe large incorporated businesses. In British English and in the commonwealth countries, the term limited company is more widely used to describe the same sort of entity while the word corporation encompasses all incorporated entities. In American English, the word company can include entities such as partnerships that would not be referred to as companies in British English as they are not a separate legal entity.

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  1. Corporation

    Corporation vs. Cooperation -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Corporation and Cooperation.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Corporation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2890

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Corporation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4402

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Corporation' in Nouns Frequency: #1019

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Corporation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Corporation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Corporation in a Sentence

  1. Beto O'Rourke:

    That's a game-changer, midland County's just wrong. Interests are paying for access. And Midland County's confusing to people -- is my member of Congress voting for this interest or corporation or are they for me ?

  2. Charlotte Slaiman:

    FUTURISTIC FLYING CAR HOVERS ABOUT THE GROUND FOR ABOUT A MINUTE Big Tech firms could face stiff penalties under a new bill. APPLE ENDS PRACTICE OF SIRI CONTRACTORS LISTENING IN ON USERS Attorney General William Barrs Justice Department has opened a broad antitrust inquiry into potentially anti-competitive behavior from Amazon, Google and Facebook. Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division said in a previously released statement. The Departments antitrust review will explore these important issues. According to the Democratic senators, their legistation has the backing of several consumer watchdog and antitrust policy groups. Senator Klobuchars legislation will put new teeth into our antitrust laws by empowering enforcers and courts to impose significant financial penalties when a corporation abuses its dominance in the marketplace.

  3. Dean Cheng:

    Belt and Road Initiative is almost like a Christmas tree, in the sense that you can hang almost anything on there, if you are the Chinese, and you are a state-owned corporation, and you want to do something, you yell out ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ to justify things.

  4. William Dugger:

    The corporation has evolved to serve the interests of whoever controls it, at the expense of whoever does not.

  5. Andrew Wheeler:

    While that’s flattering, I am not thinking about it, no, i could have put my hat in the ring for the administrator. I wasn’t interested in that. I am still not interested in that. Trump said Wheeler would assume duties as acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright! Trump tweeted on July 5. Here are 3 things you need to know about the interim EPA chief before he officially changes roles. A former coal industry lobbyist, Wheeler helped lead an industry fight against regulations aimed at protecting Americans' health and addressing climate change. Many in the industry argued that the regulations would stifle business. Throughout his decades-long career, Wheeler has reportedly lobbied for at least 20 different companies, includingSargento Foods Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, and Xcel Energy, among others. During his time as a lobbyist, Wheelerworked alongside Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85 percent and reserve a piece of the land for uranium mining, Fortune Magazine reported. In recent years, Wheeler has lobbied for Energy Fuels Resources Inc. and Murray Energy Corporation, which is run by longtime Trump supporter Robert Murray, who spent roughly $300,000 on the president's inauguration, according toThe New York Times. Wheeler worked for the EPA in the early 1990s, focusing on chemicals and toxic substance-related issues during the Bush and Clinton administrations. He later transitioned into the role of staff chief of the Senate Environment Committee andserved as counsel to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. Wheeler joined the international law firmFaegre Baker Daniels after his stint at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. During his time at the firm, he helped counsel a variety of clients on comprehensive legislative, regulatory and operational strategies, the firm states on its website. He worked on every major piece of environmental and energy-related legislation before Congress over the span of a decade, ProPublica reported.

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