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INCOR'PORATE, adjective [in and corporate.]

1. Not consisting of matter; not having a material body. [Little Used.]

2. Mixed; united in one body; associated.

INCOR'PORATE, verb transitive [Latin incorporo; in and corpus, a body.]

1. In pharmacy, to mix different ingredients in one mass or body; to reduce dry substances to the consistence of paste by the admixture of a fluid, as in making pills, etc.

2. To mix and embody one substance in another; as, to incorporate copper with silver.

3. To unite; to blend; to work into another mass or body; as, to incorporate plagiarisms into one's own composition.

4. To unite; to associate in another government or empire. The Romans incorporated conquered countries into their government.

5. To embody; to give a material form to.

The idolaters, who worshiped their images as gods, supposed some spirit to be incorporated therein.

6. To form into a legal body, or body politic; to constitute a body, composed of one or more individuals, with the quality of perpetual existence or succession, unless limited by the act of incorporation; as, to incorporate the inhabitants of a city, town or parish; to incorporate the proprietors of a bridge, the stockholders of a bank, of an insurance company, etc. New Haven was incorporated in January 1784; Hartford in May 1784.

INCOR'PORATE, verb intransitive To unite so as to make a part of another body; to be mixed or blended; to grow into, etc.; usually followed by with.

Painters' colors and ashes do better incorporate with oil.