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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The number of giraffes has dropped more than 40% over the past 30 years, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, an organization of governments and civil society groups that manages the global endangered species list. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "Trump Administration Sued Over Giraffes and Endangered Species List," 6 Dec. 2018 Because there’s a cost to the person who does that within an organization. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How to make a big company more innovative," 30 Nov. 2018 These samples are tested and sent to a lab, with the results later added to the 5 Gyres Institute global database, an organization that engages citizens to monitor plastic marine pollution. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Coach Core, an organization that provides sports apprenticeships for young people who want to be sports coaches. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 2018 Coach Core is an organization that promotes sports apprenticeship for young adults who are not in education or employment, according to its official website. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Chic Gray Blazer in Essex," 30 Oct. 2018 The episode ends with Michael's plea to everyone at home to make a donation to Stand Up to Cancer, an organization that raises funds for cancer research. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Bublé Breaks Down Over Son During 'Carpool Karaoke'," 28 Oct. 2018 The Sylvia Rivera Law project, named after transgender activist Sylvia Rivera, is an organization that seeks freedom of gender expression for all, regardless of income, class, race, or other factors. Allure, "6 Ways to Support Transgender and Nonbinary People Right Now," 21 Oct. 2018 Courtesy Laboratorio para la Ciudad Laboratorio and Fab City, an organization that promotes local manufacturing, worked with the few existing fabricators there today to help them improve their operations to fulfill demand for affordable furniture. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 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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