Definition of structure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

structure

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈstrʌktʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌktʃər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they structure
BrE BrE//ˈstrʌktʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌktʃər//
 
he / she / it structures
BrE BrE//ˈstrʌktʃəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌktʃərz//
 
past simple structured
BrE BrE//ˈstrʌktʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌktʃərd//
 
past participle structured
BrE BrE//ˈstrʌktʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌktʃərd//
 
-ing form structuring
BrE BrE//ˈstrʌktʃərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌktʃərɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] to arrange or organize something into a system or pattern structure something How well does the teacher structure the lessons? Make use of the toys in structured group activities. structure something around something The exhibition is structured around the themes of work and leisure. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting the process of building): from Old French, or from Latin structura, from struere ‘to build’. The verb is rarely found before the 20th cent.Extra examples Relations between women and men are structured by gender. She had structured her arguments very carefully. The company is structured into two divisions. The nation was structured as a federation of states. The organization is structured according to business principles. The teaching is structured around three topics. a complex but highly structured complaints procedure a loosely structured organization a tightly structured drama the idea that living organisms had been structured according to a divine plan
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: structure