re·​struc·​ture | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce restructure (audio) \
restructured; restructuring; restructures

Definition of restructure

transitive verb

: to change the makeup, organization, or pattern of

intransitive verb

: to restructure something

Examples of restructure in a Sentence

You should restructure this sentence to make its meaning clearer. The college is restructuring its Humanities Department.

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Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution was to fix Facebook, and restructuring the team is clearly part of that fix. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is making its biggest executive shuffle in company history," 8 May 2018 The company’s restructuring plan calls for 142 store closures by year’s end, reducing the company to a little over 500 stores — a dramatic drop from its peak of 4,000 stores in 2012. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Sears’ bankruptcy will have ripple effect, not all of it bad," 16 Oct. 2018 Just days after the chairwoman of California’s campaign watchdog agency abruptly quit, an internal power struggle came to a head Monday with its governing board restructuring itself to transfer powers from the chairperson to other members. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "California campaign watchdog panel ends power struggle with sweeping changes to commission structure," 4 June 2018 His predecessor, Alexandre de Juniac, left two years ago after two executives had their shirts violently ripped off by a mob of angry workers over a restructuring plan. The Economist, "Air France-KLM is being brought to its knees by its unions," 10 May 2018 Altman will have to restructure his roster regardless of where James signs in free agency. Ben Ladner,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Preview: Will LeBron James Stay or Go?," 10 June 2018 He was replaced by longtime Wells Fargo executive Timothy Sloan, who's trying to thoroughly restructure the bank to avoid repeating its past mistakes. James F. Peltz,, "Wells Fargo launches ad campaign to leave accounts scandal behind. Not everyone is buying it," 9 May 2018 The company was unable to restructure its debt, the filings said. Sandra Baker, star-telegram, "Oil and gas company owned by prominent Fort Worth family files for bankruptcy | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Along with cutting costs, GNC has also taken steps to restructure its debt. Drew Armstrong,, "GNC closing 200 stores as vitamin retailer slims its operations," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of restructure

1932, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Financial Definition of restructure

What It Is

Restructure, or restructuring, refers to the management process of reorganizing a company to make it more profitable.

How It Works

During a major transition, a buyout or a bankruptcy, for example, the management may consider restructuring a company.  A restructuring may include a variety of measures to eliminate diseconomies of scale, such as reorganizing and streamlining the management and operations, integrating management teams from the buyers or new owners or spinning-off, closing, or streamlining various operating units within the company.  It may also include a debt restructuring, involving renegotiating loan terms, conditions, and covenants that may be onerous or leave no room in the company's cash flows.  A related example might be a financial restructuring which may involve a repositioning of equity within the company, such as purchasing outstanding shares, creating new classes of stock, or going public or even "going private."

Restructuring usually involves new management, new capital, and a new opportunity to rethink the business organization and plan. A successful restructuring will usually result in a higher valuation of the company.

Why It Matters

A restructured company, at least theoretically, is more focused, more efficient and more profitable.  However, a restructuring may affect and even dilute the stock values of the current stockholders of a company.

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English Language Learners Definition of restructure

: to change the basic organization or structure of (something)


re·​struc·​ture | \ ˌrē-ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce restructure (audio) \
restructured; restructuring

Legal Definition of restructure

transitive verb

: to change the makeup, organization, or pattern of restructure a corporation companies trying to restructure their debt— Claudia MacLachlan

intransitive verb

: to restructure something

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