re·​struc·​ture | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈstrək-chər \
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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These glasses with the Flower of Life sacred geometric designs on the bottom claim to restructure the water’s molecular shape, returning it back to its natural state, increasing the biological value, and improving flavor. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "How to Give the Gift of Wellness, According to Miranda Kerr," 17 Dec. 2018 But others could reexamine their programs and restructure them to comply. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More employers offering paid summer internships, despite federal rule changes to make it easier to hire unpaid interns," 31 May 2018 The restructuring moves follow the appointment of U.S. consultants Alvarez & Marsal, hired in March to secure a new round of savings as Rolls targets 1 billion pounds in free cash flow by 2020. Benjamin D Katz,, "Rolls-Royce Is Looking For a Cheaper London HQ," 10 May 2018 While Sears has been troubled for years, a debt-restructuring proposal signals a heightened urgency from Lampert, who is not only Sears’ chief but also its most influential shareholder and lender. Michael Corkery, The Seattle Times, "Sears CEO Lampert sounds alarm on bankruptcy risk," 24 Sep. 2018 These budget cuts are part of a larger legislative plan, called PROMESA, that aims to restructure the massive debt Puerto Rico has shouldered since its economic recession in 2006. Chloe Watlington, Teen Vogue, "Students in Puerto Rico Protest Education Budget Cuts in the Wake of Recovery From Hurricane Maria," 6 Sep. 2018 Things must have been looking very grim from the inside, because Mazda decided to radically restructure the program, pulling out out of the season in mid-July despite there being three races still to run. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018 Investors in Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electricity monopoly have struck a debt-restructuring deal, inching the largest public U.S. power utility closer to privatization. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility Reaches Deal With Bondholders," 30 July 2018 Davis is also the wife of Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s), an ally of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who supported state legislation to restructure the school system in Prince George’s. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Deputy superintendent leaves embattled school leadership in Prince George’s," 25 June 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 \
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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