comprise vs incorporate what difference

what is difference between comprise and incorporate



From Middle English comprisen, from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre, from Latin comprehendere, contr. comprendere, past participle comprehensus (to comprehend); see comprehend. Compare apprise, reprise, surprise.


  • IPA(key): /kəmˈpɹaɪz/


comprise (third-person singular simple present comprises, present participle comprising, simple past and past participle comprised)

  1. (transitive) To be made up of; to consist of (especially a comprehensive list of parts). [from the earlier 15th c.]
  2. (sometimes proscribed, usually in the passive) To compose; to constitute. [from the late 18th c.]
    • 1657, Isaac Barrow, Data (Euclid) (translation), Prop. XXX
      “Seeing then the angles comprised of equal right lines are equal, we have found the angle FDE equal to the angle ABC.”
    • Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with (by way of local colour) on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
  3. To contain or embrace. [from the earlier 15th c.]
  4. (patent law) To include, contain, or be made up of, defining the minimum elements, whether essential or inessential to define an invention.
    Coordinate term: compose (close-ended)

Usage notes


  • (to compose): form, make up; see also Thesaurus:compose

Related terms

  • comprehensive


Further reading

  • comprised of on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • comprise in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • comprise in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • perosmic





  1. feminine singular of the past participle of comprendre


Etymology 1

From Middle English, from Late Latin incorporātus, perfect passive participle of incorporō (to embody, to incorporate), from in- (in) + corpus, corporis (body).


  • (verb)
    • (Canada) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔɹpɚe(ɪ)t/
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔː(ɹ).pəɹ.eɪt/
    • (US) enPR: ĭnkôr’pərāt, IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔɹpɚeɪt/
  • (adjective)
    • (Canada) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔɹpɚət/
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔː(ɹ).pəɹ.ət/
    • (US) enPR: ĭnkôr’pərət, IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔɹpɚət/


incorporate (third-person singular simple present incorporates, present participle incorporating, simple past and past participle incorporated)

  1. (transitive) To include (something) as a part.
  2. (transitive) To mix (something in) as an ingredient; to blend
  3. (transitive) To admit as a member of a company
  4. (transitive) To form into a legal company.
  5. (US, law) To include (another clause or guarantee of the US constitution) as a part (of the Fourteenth Amendment, such that the clause binds not only the federal government but also state governments).
  6. To form into a body; to combine, as different ingredients, into one consistent mass.
  7. To unite with a material body; to give a material form to; to embody.
    • 1710, Edward Stillingfleet, Several Conferences Between a Romish Priest, a Fanatick Chaplain, and a Divine of the Church of England Concerning the Idolatry of the Church of Rome
      do not deny , that there was such an Opinion among the Heathens , that Spirits might possess Images , and be incorporated with them
Derived terms
  • incorporated


incorporate (comparative more incorporate, superlative most incorporate)

  1. (obsolete) Corporate; incorporated; made one body, or united in one body; associated; mixed together; combined; embodied.

Etymology 2

in- (not) +‎ corporate


  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔɹpɚət/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔː(ɹ).pəɹ.ət/
  • (US) enPR: ĭnkôr’pərət, IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkɔɹpɚət/


incorporate (not comparable)

  1. Not consisting of matter; not having a material body; incorporeal; spiritual.
    • Moses forbore to speak of angels, and of things invisible, and incorporate.
    • 1905, Leonid Andreyev, trans. Alexandra Linden, The Red Laugh: Fragments of a Discovered Manuscript:
      The air vibrated at a white-hot temperature, the stones seemed to be trembling silently, ready to flow, and in the distance, at a curve of the road, the files of men, guns and horses seemed detached from the earth, and trembled like a mass of jelly in their onward progress, and it seemed to me that they were not living people that I saw before me, but an army of incorporate shadows.
  2. Not incorporated; not existing as a corporation.
  • corporate, corporeal


  • procreation




  1. inflection of incorporare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of incorporato


  • crepitarono, patrocinerò, portoricane




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of incorporō

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