Dictionary.com

infrastructure

[ in-fruh-struhk-cher ]
/ ˈɪn frəˌstrʌk tʃər /
Save This Word!

Definition of infrastructure

noun
the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants, and schools: Investments in infrastructure helped the U.S. economy recover from the Great Depression.
the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization:Over the years, as the incidence of cancer increased, the infrastructure of the hospital was developed to accommodate the new cases.
the military installations of a country:We could do much with just a fraction of the billions spent to maintain our robust overseas infrastructure.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of infrastructure

First recorded in 1925–30; infra + structure

OTHER WORDS FROM infrastructure

in·fra·struc·tur·al, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use infrastructure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for infrastructure

infrastructure
/ (ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌktʃə) /

noun
the basic structure of an organization, system, etc
the stock of fixed capital equipment in a country, including factories, roads, schools, etc, considered as a determinant of economic growth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK