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 Hong Kong has also held such votes in the past, in an attempt to match the organization and discipline of the rival pro-Beijing camp and avoid splintering the pro-democracy vote. James Griffiths, CNN, "Dozens of Hong Kong opposition figures reportedly arrested under national security law," 5 Jan. 2021 The Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, hasn’t issued an official statement, but Variety says a representative for the show confirmed the postponement. Mary Colurso |, al, "Grammy Awards postponed due to coronavirus concerns, reports say," 5 Jan. 2021 Chris Ott, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, said the organization opposes city-wide curfews and asked city officials to exempt legal observers from any curfews. Sophie Carson, USA TODAY, "Kenosha prepares for unrest, sets curfew ahead of expected charging decision in Jacob Blake shooting," 5 Jan. 2021 Kondur’s Roma-rights organization had asked the police for protection, but according to Kondur, officers turned a blind eye when C14 returned the next morning to attack the remaining Roma with pepper spray. Aris Roussinos, Harpers Magazine, "The Armies of the Right," 5 Jan. 2021 Tanya McLean, executive director of the community organization Leaders of Kenosha and a friend of the Blake family, urged protesters to remain peaceful, reports the Associated Press. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Watch live: DA expected to announce charging decision for officer who shot Jacob Blake," 5 Jan. 2021 The organization said Tuesday that the annual ceremony — postponed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 — would instead take place March 14. Los Angeles Times, "Grammys 2021 postponed until March due to COVID-19 concerns," 5 Jan. 2021 Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila issued another example of the organization's harsh reality of its prolonged rebuild when his team introduced new right-handed pitcher Jose Urena. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers sign Jose Urena, but their short-term pitching plan hasn't worked recently," 5 Jan. 2021 Because the only American organization with worse infighting than the GOP right now is The View. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Joy Behar Is Not Happy to See Meghan McCain Back on The View," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Organization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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 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

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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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