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 Wireless venture Ligado Networks LLC is in talks with key creditors and shareholders to restructure about $8 billion in debt and other obligations while buying time to monetize its 5G-network assets, according to people familiar with the matter. Alexander Gladstone And Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Wireless Venture Ligado in Talks to Restructure Debt," 15 Sep. 2020 The regulator last month gave lenders the power to restructure certain loans, replacing a six-month moratorium that ended on Aug. 31. Suvashree Ghosh,, "RBI Sets Debt Recast Rules for Pandemic-Hit Indian Companies," 7 Sep. 2020 The cookware chain is yet another retail standby forced to restructure during the pandemic recession. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "Sur La Table files for bankruptcy, will close dozens of stores," 9 July 2020 And according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Saints are engaging in conversations with players already on their roster in an effort to restructure some deals — likely to make room for Clowney. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Reports: Saints making push to sign free agent DE Jadeveon Clowney," 3 Sep. 2020 The central bank also asked lenders to conduct a fair valuation of their assets and liabilities to restructure their capital or increase it by the first quarter of 2021. Dana Khraiche,, "Lebanon Takes a Stab at Revamping Lenders With Central Bank Plan," 29 Aug. 2020 Biden would respond by calling her myriad plans to radically restructure the economy as unrealistic. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Warren makes peace with Biden in convention remarks," 19 Aug. 2020 In the space of two months, Kadhimi has faced the daunting task of trying to restructure an Iraqi economy based almost entirely on oil revenue, which has plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Iraq’s prime minister announces early elections, which will be held next year," 31 July 2020 From the beginning, DeJoy chose to consolidate power within the organization and restructure the USPS, removing or reassigning 23 agency leaders, including displacing two executives who oversaw day-to-day operations. Elly Belle,, "We’re Not Surprised The USPS Is In Trouble, Considering Its Leader’s History," 14 Aug. 2020

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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 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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