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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At the same time that city officials approved the fee, Glendale’s fire department restructured the program so that it was handled by a single department and headed by a dedicated inspector, Ragusa said. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Confused about the fire department’s brush inspection fee? Here’s what it’s for," 20 Aug. 2019 Through the bankruptcy proceeding which restructured the company's balance sheet, iHeart's total debt was reduced to $5.7 billion from the gigantic $14.97 billion debt load that overwhelmed the company and caused the bankruptcy filing in March 2018. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "iHeartMedia Digital Revenue Up 33% in Second Quarter," 15 Aug. 2019 Buttigieg intends to expand and restructure programs, such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and the National Health Service Corps, in order to give medical professionals an incentive to work in rural communities. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Pete Buttigieg Unveils Healthcare Plan To Help Black Women In Rural Areas," 9 Aug. 2019 The company has been restructuring its operations to adjust to the rise of e-commerce orders and combat slowing international shipping. Charlie Mcgee, WSJ, "FedEx Profit Pressured by Express Unit’s Woes," 25 June 2019 Some are consolidating, others have restructured and reopened. The Economist, "America’s coal capital knows it must rethink its future," 8 Aug. 2019 The entire day was restructured so players would be finished by the time the rain started. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How better weather forecasts are changing the way cities are run," 26 July 2019 To move the firm from India, Druva restructured itself through a complex process into a new Singaporean firm, and then set up an exact mirror of the original company’s ownership setup. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "How Sequoia Capital is trying to avoid taxes on over a billion dollars in Indian investments," 22 July 2019 The Spurs also restructured the contract Carroll had agreed to, taking him from two years and $13 million to three years and $21 million. Jeff Mcdonald,, "With Morris still in limbo, Gay and Carroll glad to ink Spurs deals," 11 July 2019

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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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