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

Definition of recapitalize 

transitive verb

: to change the capital structure of

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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 In 2012, the principal owners of Johnson Financial Group — members of the Johnson family — opted to invest $235 million of their own money to recapitalize the bank rather than take on outside investors. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Business Leader of the Year Helen Johnson-Leipold leads big parts of the Johnson family business," 18 May 2018 New York housing-finance firm Greystone & Co. has teamed up with federal and state agencies in a $168.6 million effort to preserve and recapitalize 1,310 low-income rental apartments in Georgia. Wsj Real Estate, WSJ, "South Korean Investors Pile Into U.S. Commercial Property Debt," 18 Apr. 2018 At least $60 billion of that money is intended to fund current combat activities and will largely not be available to increase force size, improve readiness, or recapitalize the services for the future. Jim Talent, National Review, "The Budget Deal Won’t Be Enough to Get the Armed Forces Trump Wants," 13 Feb. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
re·​cap·​i·​tal·​ize | \ˌrē-ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīz \

Legal Definition of recapitalize 

: to change the capital structure of (a corporation)

Other Words from recapitalize

recapitalization \-​ˌka-​pət-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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