Definition of restructure in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Organize differently.

    ‘a plan to strengthen and restructure the department’
    ‘the restructuring of this wing of the Louvre’
    • ‘In order to do that, the company has restructured its sales organization and has added new members to its board.’
    • ‘An East Lancashire computer firm has quelled rumours 50 jobs will be cut when it restructures its sales staff.’
    • ‘Much of the credit should go to the research organization for how it restructured itself and its decision-making processes, he suggests.’
    • ‘The company says it has ‘launched a consultation process with staff to restructure the organisation’.’
    • ‘Self-critical, he selects key works to perform at events, then restructures his thinking and approach to play them differently next time round.’
    • ‘Some individuals can buy and sell elements of an organization or otherwise restructure them, for example, and hire and fire individuals.’
    • ‘Further job losses are expected as the co-op restructures its loss-making milk processing operation at the two Mitchelstown, Mallow and Mogeely sites.’
    • ‘For the purposes of simplifying the differences between these levels, the six levels have been restructured into four levels.’
    • ‘They urge, not that inquirers insulate themselves from social influences, but that they restructure scientific practices to be open to different social influences.’
    • ‘In the mid-1980s and within a period of five years, one corporation after the other went into the red and had to be restructured or sold.’
    • ‘In order to gain valuable shelf space, many manufacturers are restructuring their organization and making brand managers function as part of a category management team.’
    • ‘The way that Poltergeist lingers in the mind is different - the passing of years restructures the film into a wholly personal collage of experiences.’
    • ‘Libraries, too, have experienced fiscal challenges that have forced them to downsize and restructure their organizations.’
    • ‘The company has restructured its marketing department and strengthened its sales force.’
    • ‘‘And we appointed an interim board to restructure the conference,’ she said.’
    • ‘At the end of last year, the organization restructured its membership structure in an effort to raise funds.’
    • ‘Patrick had restructured its organization, setting up labor-supply subsidiaries as employers of its unionized workforces.’
    • ‘In order to maintain high standards of umpiring, it regularly restructures the international umpiring panel.’
    • ‘Further job losses are expected over the coming months as the co-op restructures milk processing from four sites to two or possibly one.’
    • ‘Second, David, you might think about restructuring your course.’
    reorganize, change, change around, change the line-up of, shake up, rearrange, interchange, shuffle, regroup, rejig, redistribute, realign
    reorganization, restructuring, upheaval, change, rearrangement, regrouping, redistribution
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    1. 1.1Finance Convert (the debt of a business in difficulty) into another kind of debt, typically one that is repayable at a later time.
      • ‘Instead of filing for bankruptcy, you should consider contacting a credit counseling service that may be able to help you pay off or restructure your debts without resorting to bankruptcy.’
      • ‘One fund manager noted the company is talking more in its presentations about the prospects for its drug products rather than the complications surrounding its debt restructuring.’
      • ‘When they cannot pay their creditors, debtor nations have little choice but to seek debt restructuring or new loans.’
      • ‘We recently restructured our debt into a fixed-term loan and we now have our debt under control,’ said McKenna.’
      • ‘It is believed that the company's bankers have insisted that it urgently restructure its debt as a condition for securing their continuing support.’
      dramatic change, radical change, drastic alteration, radical alteration, complete shift, sea change, metamorphosis, transformation, conversion, innovation, breakaway
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