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


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

That includes Eagle Scout projects and scouts working through churches, parks, and other community organizations, Lupus said. Mary Grace Keller,, "Local Boy Scouts, Hampstead food pantry recognized by Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism, will be honored at Ravens game," 17 Sep. 2019 In October, Youth Justice Awareness Month, Morris and nearly 200 organizations will participate in events. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Tackles The ‘PUSHOUT’ Of Black Girls At School," 17 Sep. 2019 The money was raised by the 35-year-old organization through a variety of fundraising efforts, including an event last week at PJ McIntyre’s Irish Pub in West Park. Carol Kovach,, "Heroes Run recognizes fallen police, firefighters; awards scholarships," 16 Sep. 2019 His son and daughter explained that Friedman had developed a variety of interests and was involved with many community and nonprofit organizations over the course of his life. . Anna Kim,, "Former Northbrook mayor, civic leader Friedman dead at 94 following battle with cancer," 16 Sep. 2019 People and organizations who think and talk about women should also address men. Liz Plank, Glamour, "Don’t Be Mad, But I’m a Feminist Who Decided to Write a Book About Men," 16 Sep. 2019 Bridgewater’s understated and likeable personality made the Minneapolis community and Vikings organization quickly fell in love with him, which made his career-altering knee injury before the 2016 season all the more devastating. Andy Benoit,, "With Drew Brees Injured, What Will the Saints Look Like With Teddy Bridgewater?," 15 Sep. 2019 The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx professional basketball organization named David King as the vice president of corporate partnerships. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Business People: Northern Oil and Gas names new president," 15 Sep. 2019 The California Chamber of Commerce joined nearly 100 organizations in opposing the bill. Hannah Wiley, The Mercury News, "Gavin Newsom says he’ll veto Trump-defying California environmental bill," 14 Sep. 2019

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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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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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