organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio) \
organized; organizing

Definition of organize

transitive verb

1 : to form into a coherent unity or functioning whole : integrate trying to organize her thoughts
2a : to set up an administrative structure for organize a company to manufacture his invention
b : to persuade to associate in an organization especially : unionize organize the white-collar workers
3 : to arrange by systematic planning and united effort organize a tour of the campus for the new students
4 : to cause to develop an organic structure

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo physical or organic organization a clot organized in the femoral vein
2 : to arrange elements into a whole of interdependent parts began organizing for a victory celebration
3 : to form an organization specifically : to form or persuade workers to join a union workers had the right to organize

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Other Words from organize

organizable \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈnī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce organizable (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of organize in a Sentence

They hired a professional to help organize their wedding. We are organizing a fund-raiser. His office is a mess. He needs someone to help him organize his work. I spent some time organizing my closet last weekend. You need to learn to organize better. She organized people to work for social justice. The players were organized into separate teams. He encouraged them to organize for social justice. The company has tried to prevent the workers from organizing.
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Recent Examples on the Web Because swattings are largely organized online, the people behind them can live anywhere in the world. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "People Are Calling SWAT Teams to Tech Executives’ Homes," 23 Jan. 2020 Ministries and local governments are also arranging refunds on plane and train tickets, banning tourist groups from Wuhan and organizing coverage of medical expenses, analysts at Everbright Sun Hung Kai said in a note. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Stocks End Day Near Flat After Rally Falters," 22 Jan. 2020 Democrats will try to use the spring state Supreme Court race as a key organizing event to roll out its infrastructure. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic National Committee targets Wisconsin, 5 other states for ramped-up 2020 ground game," 22 Jan. 2020 Right to Life of Louisville, which has existed for 50 years, organized the rally, which included speakers from the group and the Louisville Metro Council. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Momentum is clearly on our side': Kentucky anti-abortion group rallies on Roe anniversary," 22 Jan. 2020 The Trump campaign has shown CBS News the first images of its campaign app, which will be used for fundraising, organizing and turnout efforts for the president's reelection campaign. CBS News, "Trump campaign tests new campaign app," 22 Jan. 2020 Where to find guides: Dolomite Mountains, Agustina Lagos Marmol’s team of climbing experts organizing customizable outings. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/italy/find-epic-action-in-northern-italy.html," 22 Jan. 2020 Dear Annie: Every December, my ex-mother-in-law organizes a holiday party for all of the women from her side of the family. oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Teenage daughter won’t let mom confront grandma about ‘regifting’ accusation," 22 Jan. 2020 Since freeride competitions were first organized 25 years ago, there have always been more men than women at the start gate. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "The Freeride World Tour Commits to Equal Prize Money," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of organize

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

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The first known use of organize was in the 15th century

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26 Jan 2020

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“Organize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Organizing. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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More Definitions for organize

organize

verb
How to pronounce organize (audio)

English Language Learners 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

organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio) \
organized; organizing

Kids Definition of organize

1 : to arrange by effort and planning My teacher organized a field trip.
2 : to put in a certain order The computer organized the documents by date.
3 : to make separate parts into one united whole The players were organized into teams.

Other Words from organize

organizer noun

organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize
variants: also British organise \ ˈȯr-​gə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce organise (audio) \
organized also British organised; organizing also British organising

Medical Definition of organize

transitive verb

1a : to cause to develop an organic structure
b : to cause to undergo organization an organized blood clot
2 : to arrange or form into a coherent unit or functioning whole

intransitive verb

: to undergo organization an organizing pneumonitis

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organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize
organized; organizing

Legal Definition of organize

transitive verb

1a : to set up an administrative structure for
b : to persuade to associate in an organization (as a union)
2 : to arrange by systematic planning and united effort organize a strike

intransitive verb

: to form an organization especially : to form or persuade workers to join a union

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