re·​cap·​i·​tal·​ize (ˌ)rē-ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce recapitalize (audio)
recapitalized; recapitalizing; recapitalizes

transitive verb

: to change the capital structure of

Examples of recapitalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the national-security bill is a down payment on recapitalizing America’s defense-industrial base. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 17 Feb. 2024 With the sale, Blue Apron was recapitalized as a Wonder subsidiary, making the warning irrelevant, the spokesman said. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 Multilateral Development Banks need to be significantly recapitalized. Sultan Al Jaber, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2023 Multilateral Development Banks should be recapitalized and be enabled to provide portfolio and budgetary support to developing countries, rather than project finance only. Time, 15 Aug. 2023 The two billion dollars Congress allocates annually to simply sustain the Navy’s poor-performing Littoral Combat Ship fleet would make an enormous difference for the Coast Guard, allowing the Service to strengthen, recapitalize and prepare for future challenges. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 23 May 2022 According to digital television network Sky News Alteri Investors, backed by private equity giant Apollo Global Management APO -0.5%, is the latest name to be linked to buying a stake in Missguided as the online fashion retailer looks to recapitalize. Mark Faithfull, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Together this package of measures should recapitalize its sagging balance sheet, return the company to investment grade status and yield an adjusted operating margin of 8% minimum in 2024, finance chief Remco Steenbergen has said. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2021 Greece was also forced to sell off assets as a way to recapitalize its banks, resulting in a wave of privatizations. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recapitalize was in 1904

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“Recapitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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transitive verb
re·​cap·​i·​tal·​ize ˌrē-ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce recapitalize (audio)
: to change the capital structure of (a corporation)
recapitalization noun
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