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.
Recent Examples on the Web Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy does not mean Ramsi's is necessarily on its last legs, as Chapter 11 allows a business to restructure its debts and pay them back over time. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 4 Sep. 2021 That means Miami would need to restructure a contract or three, or trade away a player to clear an additional $15 million in cap space to fit Watson in. Omar Kelly,, 2 Sep. 2021 To do that, Gallardo and her reporting partners had to restructure the editorial process and think critically about how to gather and disseminate accounts of trauma. Karim Doumar, ProPublica, 27 Aug. 2021 The company, best known for its Alipay payment app, was later ordered to restructure its operations and become a financial holding company. Laura He, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 What oyster mushrooms do really well is break down hydrocarbons and dismantle them and restructure them into fungal carbohydrates, into sugars. Nick Hilden, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2021 Douglas already was able to get veteran guard Alex Lewis to restructure his deal recently, saving the Jets nearly $2 million against the salary cap this season. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The departure of Parise and Suter also means the Wild will need to restructure its leadership. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Will the Patriots need to restructure his deal or find someone willing to make a trade for the cornerback?, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of restructure

1932, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Restructure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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