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

Definition of recapitalize

transitive verb

: to change the capital structure of

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Examples of recapitalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers have been seeking a way to recapitalize the plans., "Pension albatross leaves a Bay State brickyard and its workers in ‘survival mode’ - The Boston Globe," 24 Sep. 2019 MoviePass™ worked hard to relaunch its groundbreaking subscription service and recapitalize the company. oregonlive, "MoviePass calls it quits: The once-popular money-saving service ends Saturday," 13 Sep. 2019 The surest way to make that happen is to recapitalize the company with new money rather than encumbering it with more obligations. Washington Post, "PG&E Needs New Money, Not New Obligations," 27 June 2019 The floating rate loan, which was provided by LoanCore, will provide funding to recapitalize the existing debt and continue to upgrade and improve the property. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail Wrap: Tarka Indian Kitchen, Pretty Little Things Boutique, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store ink Houston locations," 28 June 2019 The icebreakers are part of a larger nationwide effort to recapitalize the Coast Guard with new vessels and aircraft. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan wants new US icebreaker focused on the Arctic, not the Antarctic," 6 June 2019 But Tesla has also taken on more than $10 billion of debt to make up for manufacturing problems—and to recapitalize Mr. Musk’s home-solar company SolarCity—and $1.25 billion falls due next year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Sizing Up Tesla’s $10 Billion Debt Stack," 17 June 2018 An ability to recapitalize banks remains crucial and must be explained to a skeptical Congress and public. Glenn Hubbard, WSJ, "Bailouts Shouldn’t Be Only for Banks," 13 Sep. 2018 That enables Vista to recapitalize, adding more debt, and then pay dividends to its investors, these people say. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of recapitalize

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Recapitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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transitive verb
re·​cap·​i·​tal·​ize | \ ˌrē-ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce recapitalize (audio) \

Legal Definition of recapitalize

: to change the capital structure of (a corporation)

Other Words from recapitalize

recapitalization \ -​ˌka-​pət-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce recapitalization (audio) \ noun

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