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


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

Check with local health and fitness organizations to see what programs are available — some may be free or low-cost. Healthy Aging Leadership Team,, "Health Dept.: Falls leading cause of injuries for older Americans, but not inevitable," 13 Sep. 2019 Dylan Rives—2015 Getty Images For Markle, launching this capsule collection is the latest chapter in her charitable work with U.K. women’s organizations. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'She Asked Me Right From the Start to Do the White Shirt.' Designer Misha Nonoo on Working with Meghan Markle for Her New Fashion Collection," 12 Sep. 2019 The county will instead be seeking to work with community organizations and the state Department of Children and Families to help girls. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County revises proposal for juvenile offenders — more classes, fewer beds and a new plan for girls," 12 Sep. 2019 The John Lewis brand has been a longtime supporter of Smart Works, donating seasonal wardrobes of new stock and running volunteering programs with the organization. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Brought the Smart Works Fashion Collection to Life," 12 Sep. 2019 The Period Collective supplies feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income women through partnerships with 32 organizations that mostly are in Cook and Lake counties, as well as portions of McHenry County. Karen Berkowitz,, "A new initiative is trying to make searching for tampons easier for Highland Park women. It’s part of a national movement.," 12 Sep. 2019 PCOS Challenge formed a caucus to scout out members of Congress who were willing to work with the organization as its advocates on Capitol Hill, Ottey says. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019 Hendriks said Kristi Hendriks does a lot of the work, particularly behind the scenes with organization. Susan Slusser,, "Liam Hendriks is A’s Clemente nominee; sets Aussie K record," 12 Sep. 2019 Mainly, though, what this fall allows is the chance to turn more attention to a scene teeming with smaller organizations and new-music ensembles playing modest halls, alternative spaces and colleges. Los Angeles Times, "The best concerts for classical music lovers this fall," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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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 organisation (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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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