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Meaning of “structure” in the English Dictionary

"structure" in British English

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structurenoun

uk   /ˈstrʌk.tʃər/  us   /-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 ​systemarranged in this way: the ​grammatical structure of a ​sentence The structure of this ​protein is ​particularlycomplex. They have a very ​old-fashionedmanagement structure. Some ​people like the ​sense of structure that a ​militarylifestyleimposes.

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  • structure noun (BUILDING)

C2 [C] something that has been made or ​built from ​parts, ​especially a ​largebuilding: The ​proposed new ​officetower is a ​steel and ​glass structure 43 ​storeys high.

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  • structure noun (BODY PART)

[C] specialized medical an ​organ in the ​body, or ​part of an ​organ, that does a ​particularjob

structureverb [T]

uk   /ˈstrʌk.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
(Definition of structure from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​UnitedStatesbroke 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 ​longeststeel structure in the ​world.

structureverb [T]

 us   /ˈstrʌk·tʃər/
to ​arrange or ​organize something: Office ​hours are structured to ​accommodateindividualworkers’ ​needs.
(Definition of structure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"structure" in Business English

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structurenoun

uk   us   /ˈstrʌktʃər/
[C] the way in which the ​parts of a ​system are ​arranged or ​organized, or the ​system itself: The ​company attributed the ​stronggrowth to a ​decentralized corporate structure.pricing/charging/fee structure The ​phone uses a simplified ​pricing structure ​based on ​minutes of ​talktime.pay/tax/rate structure A new ​regionalpay structure has been ​introduced.the structure of sth Market ​forces will inevitably ​bring about ​changes in the structure of the ​wholesalesector.
[C] an ​object such as a ​building, that has been ​built or ​arranged in a particular way: Their new ​headoffice is an impressive glass and ​steel structure.
[C or U] the ​condition of being well ​arranged or ​organized: have/lack/need (a) structure His ​financialplanslack structure.

structureverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈstrʌktʃər/
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)
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