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 The theater community has made other steps toward inclusivity, including the launch of The Industry Standard Group, the first commercial theater investment and producing organization In the country run completely by people of color. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Play 'Thoughts of a Colored Man' to get a Broadway run," 17 Nov. 2020 Even more competency across the entirety of the organization than spinning a quick move for Paul would’ve done. Scott Kushner,, "Kushner: Jrue Holiday trade reaffirms Pelicans' belief in the long view," 17 Nov. 2020 Several members of the organization spoke of these measures Tuesday. David Moore, Dallas News, "Why Jerry Jones ramped up Cowboys' COVID-19 measures, created bubble for nearly 80 staff members," 17 Nov. 2020 In his one year in that role, four of the Orioles' six stateside affiliates led their leagues in ERA, with an organization-wide increase in strikeouts. Nathan Ruiz,, "Two years into rebuild, Orioles GM Mike Elias sees an ‘improving’ team with a farm system on the rise," 16 Nov. 2020 The contribution is the largest single donation San Diego Oasis has received from a corporate sponsor or partner in the history of the nonprofit organization, said Simona Valanciute, Oasis president and CEO. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cox donates $300,000 to support free tech education at San Diego Oasis," 16 Nov. 2020 Landing a quarterback to help the offense complement that defense, and elevate the standards of the organization, was a sharp move by Tampa Bay. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 10 roundtable: Which offseason moves now look wisest of all?," 15 Nov. 2020 In October the Tennessee Titans had to play on a Tuesday after 24 members -- including 13 players -- of the organization tested positive. Ray Sanchez And David Close, CNN, "'We expect this to get harder.' For the NFL, it's Super Bowl or bust as the pandemic rages," 15 Nov. 2020 Rocio Caballero-Gill, 40, a paleoceanographer and paleoclimatologist and a co-founder of the organization GeoLatinas, has a first-grader who’s been distance-learning since spring. Washington Post, "Distance learning is straining parent-teacher relationships," 12 Nov. 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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“Organization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 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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