struc·​ture | \ ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio) \

Definition of structure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of building : construction
2a : something (such as a building) that is constructed
b : something arranged in a definite pattern of organization a rigid totalitarian structure— J. L. Hess leaves and other plant structures
3 : manner of construction : makeup Gothic in structure
4a : the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body soil structure molecular structure
b : organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole economic structure personality structure
c : coherent form or organization tried to give some structure to the children's lives
5 : the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other the structure of a language


structured; structuring\ ˈstrək-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce structure (audio) , ˈstrək-​shriŋ \

Definition of structure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into or according to a structure
2 : construct

Other Words from structure


structureless \ ˈstrək-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce structure (audio) \ adjective
structurelessness \ ˈstrək-​chər-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce structure (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for structure

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of structure in a Sentence

Noun They studied the compound's molecular structure. The film had a simple narrative structure. the structure of a plant the social structure of a college campus changes to the company's power structure The structure was damaged by fire. Children need a lot of structure in their lives. Verb She structured the essay chronologically. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More:Deer District office planned for vacant space in Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum parking structure. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 In the adult world, work provides a natural structure for friendships to form the way school worked for kids. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 14 May 2022 The Anchorage City Council first addressed the structure and rules for local elections in February 1921 with the 17th city ordinance. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Sales enablement is a strategic support structure for customer-facing teams aligned to the buyer and customer journey. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The property’s most distinctive element, the roof structure for the five residential buildings, was one of the last details to be decided. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2022 In creating a centralized structure for content production and distribution governed by a single P&L statement, the company’s financial accounting and the business motivations of executive leaders are more easily aligned. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 That's the governing structure for Disney's Orlando-area properties. Dave Berman, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 On Thursday: At 10 a.m., experts will discuss the decision-making structure for global solutions and how to decide who those decision-makers should be. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Theo highlights in this interview, there is a growing web of solidarity afoot in L.A., one that refuses the divides that otherwise structure life in this unequal city. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 But in a 15-second video, a lot of nuance and information can be left out of the frame, leaving the viewer confused about how to structure their shoulder training. Tyler Hatfield, Men's Health, 26 Apr. 2022 Zions Bank and Intermountain Healthcare will also make recommendations on how to structure finance tools to work in these communities. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 But the board could not reach a consensus on how to structure a group that would work to reimagine Alexandria schools’ relationship with police. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Sanya continued to recruit tutors and develop and structure the non-profit, which took on additional projects such as collecting cans and bottles with more than $500 going to a fund for front-line health care workers. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2022 Maybe the way to generate better ideas remotely is to have fewer meetings but structure some of the work in very different ways. Walter Frick, Quartz, 29 Apr. 2022 In the Atlanta area, Ami has been going to Flying Change Equine Therapy to help raise his spirits and structure his time. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Twitter is particularly susceptible to activists, analysts said, because its founders did not structure the company’s shares in a way that gave themselves more control. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of structure


1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for structure


Middle English, from Latin structura, from structus, past participle of struere to heap up, build — more at strew

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“Structure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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struc·​ture | \ ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio) \

Kids Definition of structure

1 : something built or arranged in a definite way He entered a small brick structure. We studied leaves and other plant structures.
2 : the manner in which something is built, arranged, or organized the structure of the body


struc·​ture | \ ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio) \

Medical Definition of structure

1 : something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization
2a : the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body molecular structure
b : organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole personality structure
3 : the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other

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