Definition of infrastructure
1 : the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization)
2 : the permanent installations required for military purposes
3 : the system of public works of a country, state, or region; also : the resources (as personnel, buildings, or equipment) required for an activity
infrastructuralplay \ˈin-frə-ˌstrək-chə-rəl, -ˌstrək-shrəl, -(ˌ)frä-\ adjective
Examples of infrastructure in a sentence
More money is needed to save the crumbling infrastructure of the nation's rural areas.
We need to spend more money on maintaining and repairing infrastructure.
Did You Know?
Infra- means "below;" so the infrastructure is the "underlying structure" of a country and its economy, the fixed installations that it needs in order to function. These include roads, bridges, dams, the water and sewer systems, railways and subways, airports, and harbors. These are generally government-built and publicly owned. Some people also speak about such things as the intellectual infrastructure or the infrastructure of science research, but the meaning of such notions can be extremely vague.
First Known Use of infrastructure
INFRASTRUCTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infrastructure for English Language Learners
: the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region, or organization to function properly
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