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

As Maluma travels around the world with his music, his family is running a nonprofit organization focused on helping children and teenager at risk through urban art. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Maluma's YouTube documentary sends the Latin music star back to his roots," 8 June 2019 Randy Smyth was there representing New Danville, a nonprofit organization in Willis that provides programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Wine & Food Week: H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street draws large crowd for tastings, vino," 7 June 2019 Graphic footage taken by Animal Recovery Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending animal cruelty, went viral this week, showing animal cruelty and abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana, which produces dairy products for Fairlife. Helen Murphy,, "Fairlife Dairy Products Pulled from Shelves After Footage of Animal Cruelty at Dairy Farm Is Released," 7 June 2019 The controversy appears to have grown out of a rift on the board of the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, a community organization charged with improving conditions in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Don Stacom,, "New Britain neighborhood group members embroiled in ongoing clash with police, mayor, each other," 7 June 2019 The Apollo 8 crew spoke with Constellation (, a non-profit organization co-founded by astronauts and dedicated to sharing their stories from space. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "NASA Is Ready To Get Down To Space Business, and More News," 7 June 2019 The law allows for sprawling indictments that hold members of a criminal organization responsible for acts committed by their cohorts. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Feds announce massive California bust of notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang," 6 June 2019 The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council is a grassroots organization in existence for more than four decades. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fundraising continues for Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival," 6 June 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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