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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Third, there needs to be community within the organization. Andy Dunn As Told To Marty Munson, Men's Health, 10 May 2022 Despite the size of the organization, the workers all experience high rates of trauma and burnout that may not always be adequately addressed, said a report by the University of Illinois Chicago that examined trauma in street intervention work. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 10 May 2022 Madden will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the organization. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 May 2022 The earliest targets were the P.K.K.—drone strikes have killed at least twenty of the organization’s leaders, along with whoever was standing near them. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Samira Harnish, founder of the organization, plans the event because many women don’t celebrate it in their home countries. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 In-demand, skilled, credentialed learning experiences will help people advance within the organization. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 May 2022 At the time, the HFPA was dealing with controversy resulting from a Times investigation that revealed ethical lapses and a lack of diversity within the organization. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Among them was Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, where the chairman’s decision to advocate for Abramovich triggered a backlash within the organization. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Organization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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



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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