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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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 Modi’s administration also has pledged $33 billion to recapitalize state banks. Iain Marlow,, "India’s Push to Fast-Track Bankruptcies," 26 June 2018 The plan, which will recapitalize the Walking Co.’s debt, came about after talks with subordinated noteholders and plan sponsors, the company said., "Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.," 6 Mar. 2018 Private shareholders have pushed for the administration to work with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the independent agency the currently oversees Fannie and Freddie, to recapitalize and release the companies without Congress. Gregory Mott,, "Fannie-Freddie rise as White House proposes privatization," 22 June 2018 The next day, board members sought to recapitalize BuildDirect under a Canadian law that allows struggling businesses to restructure their finances. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "What to Do When That Shiny New Job Isn’t the Right Fit," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of recapitalize

1904, in the meaning defined above

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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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