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

Examples of recapitalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, a unit of South Korea’s Hana Financial formed a venture with Regent Properties to recapitalize part of Legacy Central. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Peloton is expanding its Plano operation," 1 Dec. 2020 The move will result in a lower debt-to-income ratio for PetSmart (as Chewy is unprofitable), with BC Partners planning to recapitalize PetSmart with $1.3 billion in equity. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "PetSmart and Chewy are splitting three years after their tie-up," 23 Oct. 2020 Macy's, which also owns Bloomingdale's, has hired the investment bank Lazard to explore ways to recapitalize its finances, according to Reuters. NBC News, "Coronavirus could make the iconic department store a relic of the past," 30 Apr. 2020 Representative Richard Neal, the Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, sponsored the Butch Lewis Act, which would recapitalize multi-employer pension plans covering over a million workers nationwide., "North American trade deal won’t include measure to rescue underfunded pension plans - The Boston Globe," 19 Dec. 2019 But Vaddi said the efforts to recapitalize U.S. nuclear programs against growing nuclear capabilities from adversaries could not come at a more inconvenient time as the treaty’s days are numbered. Mel Madarang, ABC News, "Lawmakers, experts warn of potential arms race as New START Treaty expires in less than a year," 14 Feb. 2020 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

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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 recapitalize (audio) \ noun

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