1 form, shape, configuration, organization, arrangement, make-up, framework, order, design, formation, system, nature, character:
The career structure of the company has served as a model for similar firms.
2 building, edifice, house, construction:
Planning regulations allow only a certain kind of structure in the residential areas.
3 construct, build, organize, design, form, shape, arrange, systematize:
Their language seems to be structured in an unusual way.
basic, simple | complex, elaborate | coherent, logical | rigid, stable | flimsy
The flimsy structure of the vehicle could not withstand even mild impacts.
| formal | internal | solid, three-dimensional | anatomical, body, bone, skeletal/skeleton | atomic, cell/cellular, chemical, molecular | grammatical, language, linguistic, sentence, syntactic | administrative, bureaucratic, committee, control, corporate, hierarchical, institutional, management, organizational, power, etc. | economic, financial, political, social, etc.
the social structure of the village
| democratic, federal, etc. | class | family, household | pay, price, salary, tax, wage | career
VERB + STRUCTURE
have | lack
The job lacked a basic career structure.
| be based on | create, devise, establish
to devise a new management structure
STRUCTURE + VERB
be based on sth
of a … ~
The cell walls of plants are of a fairly rigid structure.
| … in ~
The building is very simple in structure.
| in a/the ~
There are weaknesses in the structure of the organization.
| ~ in/within
the salary structure in the firm
a change in structure, a change in/to the structure
significant changes in the power structure
| a lack of structure
The novel suffers from a lack of structure. verb
beautifully, carefully, clearly, neatly, properly, well
She had structured her arguments very carefully.
| badly | loosely
a very loosely structured organization
| rigidly, tightly | hierarchically, logically
the idea that living organisms had been structured according to a divine plan
The teaching is structured around three topics.
The company is structured into two divisions.
a complex but highly structured complaints procedure
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