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 Stiever emerged as a top-10 prospect in the organization, taking a leap forward in 2019 from Class A Kannapolis to advanced Class A Winston-Salem. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's Jonathan Stiever makes major-league impression with White Sox in first start above Class A," 18 Sep. 2020 ByteDance executives have also spoken to Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom about a possible role in the new organization, according to another person familiar with the discussions. Zheping Huang,, "TikTok Owner Is Gaining Confidence Beijing to Okay U.S. Deal," 18 Sep. 2020 Kelly came up alongside both in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks’ pitcher Merrill Kelly upbeat about return after thoracic outlet surgery," 17 Sep. 2020 And an acknowledgement that Vanasco is the fastest-moving pitching prospect in the organization. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "The Rangers’ shortstop situation is no longer about Elvis Andrus. The questions begin with Isiah Kiner-Falefa," 17 Sep. 2020 Besides Posey, Pablo Sandoval was the only player in the organization with World Series rings from 2010, 2012 and 2014, and he was released Thursday and signed with the Braves. John Shea,, "Giants race to finish line without Buster Posey, their final link to all 3 titles," 16 Sep. 2020 Since then, and even amid a pandemic, Grimes has talked to more than 200 people in the organization to determine what works well and how Ochsner can enhance its diversity and inclusion efforts. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "New chief diversity officer enhances inclusion work at Ochsner Health," 15 Sep. 2020 That's the bottom line of an extensive report from Politico that was based on both internal emails and interviews with people in the organization. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political appointees demand ability to rewrite CDC case reports," 12 Sep. 2020 That gives the city two TIFI teams because the Colts are already in the organization. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood PD not participating in Night Out because of COVID concerns," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Organization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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