Meaning of “structure” in the English Dictionary

"structure" in British English

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structurenoun

uk /ˈstrʌk.tʃər/ us /ˈstrʌk.tʃɚ/

structure noun (ARRANGEMENT)

B2 [ C or U ] the way in which the parts of a system or object are arranged or organized, or a system arranged in this way:

the grammatical structure of a sentence
The structure of this protein is particularly complex.
They have a very old-fashioned management structure.
Some people like the sense of structure that a military lifestyle imposes.

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  • The company has a complex organizational structure.
  • We have a differential salary structure based on employees' experience.
  • The report homed in on the weaknesses in the management structure.
  • Microscopy is an invaluable technique for studying the structure of cells.
  • Many organizations have a pyramid structure .

structure noun (BUILDING)

C2 [ C ] something that has been made or built from parts, especially a large building:

The proposed new office tower is a steel and glass structure 43 storeys high.

More examples

  • a two-tiered structure
  • a rigid steel and concrete structure
  • Lightning conductors protect buildings and tall structures from lightning strikes.
  • There was a large, ball-like structure on top of the building.
  • In a two-stage operation, the multi-spoked steel structure will be raised to the vertical.

structureverb [ T ]

uk /ˈstrʌk.tʃər/ us /ˈstrʌk.tʃɚ/

(Definition of “structure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"structure" in American English

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structurenoun

us /ˈstrʌk·tʃər/

structure noun (ARRANGEMENT)

[ C/U ] the arrangement or organization of parts in a system:

molecular structure
[ U ] Grammatical structure changes from language to language.
[ C ] When the United States broke away from England, the social structure did not change very much.

structure noun (BUILDING)

[ C ] something built, such as a building or a bridge:

The bridge is the longest steel structure in the world.

structureverb [ T ]

us /ˈstrʌk·tʃər/

to arrange or organize something:

Office hours are structured to accommodate individual workersneeds.

(Definition of “structure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"structure" in Business English

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structurenoun

uk /ˈstrʌktʃər/ us

[ C ] the way in which the parts of a system are arranged or organized, or the system itself:

The company attributed the strong growth to a decentralized corporate structure.
pricing/charging/fee structure The phone uses a simplified pricing structure based on minutes of talk time.
pay/tax/rate structure A new regional pay structure has been introduced.
the structure of sth Market forces will inevitably bring about changes in the structure of the wholesale sector.

[ C ] an object such as a building, that has been built or arranged in a particular way:

Their new head office is an impressive glass and steel structure.

[ C or U ] the condition of being well arranged or organized:

have/lack/need (a) structure His financial plans lack structure.

structureverb [ T ]

uk /ˈstrʌktʃər/ us

to plan, organize, or arrange the parts of something:

Serious questions will be asked about the way they have chosen to structure the company.
There are ways to structure the deal that will get around these problems.
The funds are all structured slightly differently.

(Definition of “structure” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)