or·ga·ni·za·tion | \ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən, 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

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the following organizations: the Hartford High School Athletic Hall of Fame or the Smilow Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital., "Lindy John Remigino," 14 July 2018 Discussions were expected to address ways to combat transnational criminal organizations, the U.S. opioid epidemic and trade tensions. Susannah George,, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018 The organization, which is representing migrant families in a class action suit against the Trump administration, said a parent was told to wire $1,900 to Western Union to cover the cost of transportation for their child., "How You Can Help Fund The Reunification Of Families Separated At The Border," 13 July 2018 Experts will be able to collect samples and analyze them at reputable international labs designed by the organization, the statement said. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "British police identify source of Russian nerve agent that killed woman," 13 July 2018 The special account is tailored for the public sector, which includes state and local government agencies, public and private K-12 school districts and higher education organizations, and nonprofit businesses. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Governmental bodies jumping on Amazon bandwagon," 12 July 2018 The Kansas City arts organization, a spokesperson said, hasn’t heard any outrage. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Controversial flag removed at KU is flying in KC Crossroads," 12 July 2018 The organizations originally concentrated on housing and detaining at-risk youth, but shifted their focus to immigrants when tens of thousands of Central American children started arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years. Martha Mendoza And Larry Fenn, Detroit Free Press, "Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry, research shows," 12 July 2018 Dream Center Education Holdings, a Pittsburgh organization that acquired schools affiliated with the Art Institute and Argosy University last year, will be closing these campuses, as well as some others in California, in December. Rebecca Aydin,, "Two Bay Area colleges to close, lay off hundreds of staff," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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