or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce organization (audio) , ˌȯrg-nə- \

Definition of organization

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act or process of organizing or of being organized the organization of his material into a speech
b : the condition or manner of being organized a group with a high degree of organization
2a : association, society charitable organizations
b : an administrative and functional structure (such as a business or a political party) The new president plans to make changes to the company's organization. also : the personnel of such a structure The organization will vote on the proposed changes.



Definition of organization (Entry 2 of 2)

: characterized by complete conformity to the standards and requirements of an organization an organization man

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Examples of organization in a Sentence

Noun She is the leader of an international organization devoted to the protection of natural resources. He has been working on the organization of his notes into an outline. She is responsible for the organization of the party. The new president plans to make changes to the company's organization.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Forbes Finance Council is an invitation-only organization for executives in successful accounting, financial planning and wealth management firms. Anant Kale, Forbes, "AI And RPA: Choosing The Right Tech For Your Finance Team," 16 Apr. 2021 That span of possibilities speaks to the eye-opening beginning for Whitlock in the Red Sox organization., "How a former Rookie of the Year helped the Red Sox snag revelation Garrett Whitlock," 16 Apr. 2021 The shelter beds could be hosted inside the building or could be an alternative outdoor shelter in the organization’s parking lot. oregonlive, "Portlanders ask city for more flexible sewer requirements for RVs and tiny homes," 15 Apr. 2021 The Border Patrol said the Mexican national has been involved in the organization since 2017. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border Patrol arrests suspected leader of human smuggling organization in Chula Vista," 15 Apr. 2021 Through most of the AMA's history, Black physicians were refused membership in the organization because they were denied prerequisite membership in many state medical societies. David L. Nathan, H. Westley Clark, CNN, "Under fire on race, the AMA should drop its support for the war on drugs," 14 Apr. 2021 Chang, who came up as a middle infielder in Cleveland's organization, is playing first base for the first time this season. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Indians 1B Chang receives racist tweets after making error," 13 Apr. 2021 Annie Nelson, who has been married to Willie Nelson since 1991, has played a pivotal role in the Farm Aid organization for decades. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Margo Price and Annie Nelson Join Farm Aid Board of Directors," 8 Apr. 2021 Before joining Louisville in May of 2001, Hina was an athletic trainer in the New York Mets organization for 15 years. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "After 20 years with Louisville men's basketball, head athletic trainer calls it a career," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of organization


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1949, in the meaning defined above

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

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19 Apr 2021

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“Organization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of organization

: a company, business, club, etc., that is formed for a particular purpose
: the act or process of putting the different parts of something in a certain order so that they can be found or used easily
: the act or process of planning and arranging the different parts of an event or activity


or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce organization (audio) \

Kids Definition of organization

1 : the act or process of arranging He assisted in the organization of a new club.
2 : the state or way of being arranged We studied the organization of government.
3 : a group of people united for a common purpose a business organization


variants: also British organisation \ ˌȯrg-​(ə-​)nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce organization (audio) \

Medical Definition of organization

1a : the act or process of organizing or of being organized
b : the condition of being organized
2 : the formation of fibrous tissue from a clot or exudate by invasion of connective tissue cells and capillaries from adjoining tissues accompanied by phagocytosis of superfluous material and multiplication of connective tissue cells

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Legal Definition of organization

: a body (as a corporation or union) that has a membership acting or united for a common purpose

Other Words from organization

organizational adjective

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