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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According to Bloomberg, some of the country’s biggest corporate borrowers are trying to restructure loans totalling almost $20bn. The Economist, "Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan," 14 June 2018 Ben Berzin, a former executive vice president at PNC Bank who negotiated with Trump to restructure loans then, said Trump often appeared to not acknowledge the reality of his financial situation and the ramifications of making certain agreements. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "From real estate to diplomacy, Trump chases the ultimate deal in Singapore," 10 June 2018 In 2012 the Kushners were forced to restructure their loans, and Vornado Realty Trust bought 49.5 percent of the building’s office space and gave the Kushners an $80 million high-interest loan. New York Times, "Kushners Near Deal With Qatar-Linked Company for Troubled Tower," 17 May 2018 The Philadelphia Eagles are attempting to restructure the contract of defensive end Vinny Curry. Scooby Axson,, "NFL Rumors: Jarvis Landry's Agent In Talks With Ravens, Bears," 5 Mar. 2018 That’s simple—while management endows change initiatives with names like restructuring, turnaround, or strategic shift, employees often see them as something else: more work for the same pay, layoffs, or just plain chaos. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "The Power of Flexible Thinking," 21 Mar. 2018 Since its more controversial days, KBR has restructured, hired new leadership, and enhanced its compliance program, according to the company's website. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "Could this 'clean coal’ plant proposal be answer to Indiana’s 17 billion tons of reserves?," 18 Mar. 2018 UW-Madison will get a statewide visibility and public relations bump through a UW System restructuring that became official earlier this month. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 These companies are also busy with new technologies, restructuring their portfolios for future success, and there are some mergers. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Energy industry outlook: Looking upstream," 8 July 2018

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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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