Union vs Corporate - What's the difference?

union | corporate |

As nouns the difference between union and corporate

is that union is union (action and result) while corporate is (finance) a bond issued by a corporation.

As an adjective corporate is

of or relating to a corporation.

As a verb corporate is

(obsolete|transitive) to incorporate.




(en noun)
  • (countable) The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one.
  • (uncountable) The state of being united or joined.
  • (countable) That which is united, or made one; something formed by a combination or coalition of parts or members; a confederation; a consolidated body; a league.
  • (countable) A trade union; a workers' union.
  • * , chapter=22
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.}}
  • (countable) A joint or other connection uniting parts of machinery, such as pipes.
  • (countable, set theory) The set containing all of the elements of two or more sets.
  • (countable) The act or state of marriage.
  • (uncountable, archaic, euphemistic) Sexual intercourse.
  • (countable, computing) A data structure that can store any of various items, but only one at a time.
  • A large, high-quality pearl.
  • *, II.3.3:
  • Nonius the senator hath a purple coat as stiff with jewels as his mind is full of vices; rings on his fingers worth 20,000 sesterces, andan union in his ear worth an hundred pounds' weight of gold […].


    * junction, coalition, combination

    Derived terms

    * banjo union * enterprise union * trades union, trade union * union card * unionised, unionized * European Union * Soviet Union

    See also

    * intersection * (Webster 1913)


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    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to a corporation.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=1 citation , passage=But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.}}
  • Formed into a corporation; incorporated.
  • Unified into one body; collective.
  • * Shakespeare
  • They answer in a joint and corporate voice.

    Derived terms

    * corporate anorexia * corporate censorship * corporate executive * corporate image * corporate income tax * corporate ladder * corporate monster * corporate nationalism * corporate officer * corporate seal * corporate tax * corporate veil * corporately


    (en noun)
  • (finance) A bond issued by a corporation
  • * {{quote-news, 2009, January 11, Robert D. Hershey Jr., Look Past 2008 Stars for Gains in Bonds, New York Times, url=
  • , passage=So-called junk corporates and emerging-market debt remain generally out of favor. }}


  • (obsolete) To incorporate.
  • (Stow)
  • (obsolete) To become incorporated.