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verb or·ga·nize \ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of organize

  • : to arrange and plan (an event or activity)

  • : to arrange or order things so that they can be found or used easily and quickly : to put things into a particular arrangement or order

  • : to gather (people) into a group that will work on something together

Full Definition of organize


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to develop an organic structure

  3. 2 :  to form into a coherent unity or functioning whole :  integrate <trying to organize her thoughts>

  4. 3 a :  to set up an administrative structure for b :  to persuade to associate in an organization; especially :  unionize

  5. 4 :  to arrange by systematic planning and united effort

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to undergo physical or organic organization

  8. 2 :  to arrange elements into a whole of interdependent parts

  9. 3 :  to form an organization; specifically :  to form or persuade workers to join a union

or·gan·iz·able play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈnī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of organize

  1. They hired a professional to help organize their wedding.

  2. We are organizing a fund-raiser.

  3. His office is a mess. He needs someone to help him organize his work.

  4. I spent some time organizing my closet last weekend.

  5. You need to learn to organize better.

  6. She organized people to work for social justice.

  7. The players were organized into separate teams.

  8. He encouraged them to organize for social justice.

  9. The company has tried to prevent the workers from organizing.

15th Century

First Known Use of organize

15th century

Synonym Discussion of organize

order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion <ordered her business affairs>. arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment <arranged the files numerically>. marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use <marshaling the facts for argument>. organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function <organized the volunteers into teams>. systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme <systematized billing procedures>. methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme <methodizes every aspect of daily living>.

Medical Dictionary


verb or·ga·nize

Medical Definition of organize

or·ga·nized also British or·ga·nisedor·ga·niz·ing also British or·ga·nis·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1a:  to cause to develop an organic structureb:  to cause to undergo organization <an organized blood clot>

  3. 2:  to arrange or form into a coherent unit or functioning whole

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to undergo organization <an organizing pneumonitis>

Variants of organize

also British or·ga·nise \ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz\play

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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