definition 1: a thing consisting of a number of elements joined together in a certain way.
example: A human cell is a complicated structure.
definition 2: the way in which such a thing is joined together.
example: We’re studying the structure of atoms in chemistry class.
definition 3: the relationship between and among the parts of a relatively complex process or entity.
example: On our first day at the job, we learned about the structure of the organization.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun “structure”
ADJECTIVE + structure: complex ~, rigid ~, flexible ~, basic ~, concrete ~, intact ~, characteristic ~ , hierarchical ~ , organizational ~, institutional ~, political ~, social ~, modular ~, overall ~, internal ~, narrative ~
VERB + structure: build ~, create ~, design ~, establish ~, simplify ~, alter ~, reinforce ~, revise ~, impose ~ (e.g., impose a structure on unconnected ideas), analyze ~, study ~, understand ~, examine ~, describe ~