Meaning of STRUCTURE in English

I. struc ‧ ture 1 S3 W2 AC /ˈstrʌktʃə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ structure , ↑ restructuring , ↑ structuralism , structuralist; adjective : ↑ structural , ↑ structuralist , ↑ structured ; verb : ↑ structure , ↑ restructure ; adverb : ↑ structurally ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: structura 'act of building' , from struere 'to make into a pile, build' ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] the way in which the parts of something are connected with each other and form a whole, or the thing that these parts make up ⇨ structural

social/political/economic etc structure

the social structure of organizations

challenges to the existing power structure

A new management structure has been introduced.

structure of

the structure of the brain

molecular structures

2 . [countable] something that has been built, especially something large such as a building or a bridge:

a high wooden structure with a curved roof

3 . [uncountable and countable] a situation where activities are carefully organized and planned:

These kids require a lot of structure and stability.

⇨ career structure at ↑ career 1 (1)

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + structure

▪ social/political/economic structure

Many changes had taken place in the social and political structure of the island.

▪ class structure (=the way society is organized according to people’s education, jobs, income etc)

Britain had a very rigid class structure.

▪ power structure (=the way in which the group of people who control a country or organization are organized)

He was a critic of the country’s power structure.

▪ management structure (=the way managers of a business are organized)

Reform of the management structure was needed.

▪ career structure (=the way a profession is organized which allows you to move up and get better jobs)

Teachers now have a proper career structure.

▪ basic structure

These genes are involved in determining the basic structure of cells.

▪ internal structure

Scientists have been investigating the internal structure of the planet Mars.

▪ molecular structure

The book tells of the race to find the molecular structure of DNA.

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▪ building a structure such as a house, church, or factory, that has a roof and walls:

The college needs money to pay for new buildings.

▪ property formal a building or piece of land, or both together - used especially when talking about buying and selling buildings or land:

The next property they looked at was too small.


The company received permission to build six residential properties on the land.

▪ premises formal the buildings and land that a shop, restaurant, company etc uses:

You are not allowed to drink alcohol on the premises.


The bread is baked on the premises.

▪ complex a group of buildings, or a large building with many parts, used for a particular purpose:

The town has one of the best leisure complexes in the country.


a luxury apartment complex

▪ development a group of new buildings that have all been planned and built together on the same piece of land:

a new housing development


a huge industrial development

▪ block especially British English a large tall building that contains apartments or offices, or is part of a school, university, or hospital:

an office block


a block of flats


a tower block (=a very tall building - often used disapprovingly)


My next lecture is in the science block.

▪ facility especially American English a place or building used for a particular activity or industry:

a research facility on campus

▪ edifice formal a large building, especially one that is tall and impressive - a very formal use:

Their head office was an imposing edifice.

▪ structure formal something that has been made to stand upright - used especially when talking about buildings:

The stone arch is one of the town’s oldest existing structures.


an immense barn-like structure


Mogul calls this building, designed by Donald and John Parkinson in 1928, ‘the most important structure in Los Angeles of the 20th century.’

II. structure 2 AC BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ structure , ↑ restructuring , ↑ structuralism , structuralist; adjective : ↑ structural , ↑ structuralist , ↑ structured ; verb : ↑ structure , ↑ restructure ; adverb : ↑ structurally ]

to arrange the different parts of something into a pattern or system in which each part is connected to the others SYN organize :

The exhibition is structured around three topics.

software that helps users structure their work and their data

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.