organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio) \
organized; organizing

Definition of organize

transitive verb

1 : to form into a coherent unity or functioning whole : integrate trying to organize her thoughts
2a : to set up an administrative structure for organize a company to manufacture his invention
b : to persuade to associate in an organization especially : unionize organize the white-collar workers
3 : to arrange by systematic planning and united effort organize a tour of the campus for the new students
4 : to cause to develop an organic structure

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo physical or organic organization a clot organized in the femoral vein
2 : to arrange elements into a whole of interdependent parts began organizing for a victory celebration
3 : to form an organization specifically : to form or persuade workers to join a union workers had the right to organize

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Other Words from organize

organizable \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈnī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce organize (audio) \ adjective

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order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion. ordered her business affairs arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment. arranged the files numerically marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use. marshaling the facts for argument organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function. organized the volunteers into teams systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme. systematized billing procedures methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme. methodizes every aspect of daily living

Examples of organize in a Sentence

They hired a professional to help organize their wedding. We are organizing a fund-raiser. His office is a mess. He needs someone to help him organize his work. I spent some time organizing my closet last weekend. You need to learn to organize better. She organized people to work for social justice. The players were organized into separate teams. He encouraged them to organize for social justice. The company has tried to prevent the workers from organizing.
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Recent Examples on the Web If there’s room, shelving can help organize your space and define its borders. Washington Post, "Don’t want to go back to the gym? Here’s how to carve out a workout space at home.," 30 Mar. 2021 All in all, tab groups is an easy-to-use feature that can really help organize an otherwise messy browsing experience. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "5 awesome things didn’t know you could do with Google Chrome," 19 Mar. 2021 In 1971, Corky Lee drew inspiration from the Black Panthers' social service programs to help organize a health fair in Manhattan's Chinatown, providing free testing for tuberculosis, lead poisoning, venereal diseases and other conditions. NBC News, "Losing generation of activists who fought racism proves need for Asian American studies," 3 Mar. 2021 There are two open shelves for extra storage and two grommets to help organize your cords. Popular Science, "Best L-shaped desk for any office layout," 23 Feb. 2021 As power is restored in Texas, new websites have sprung up to help organize potential class-action lawsuits. Time, "Some Texans Are Facing Electricity Bills Up to $8,000 After Winter Storm," 22 Feb. 2021 As power is restored in Texas, new websites have sprung up to help organize potential class-action lawsuits. Naureen S. Malik, Fortune, "As power has returned to Texas homes, residents face a new hurdle: huge energy bills," 22 Feb. 2021 Bazemore’s jobs are to help organize the offense and take advantage of opponents’ focus on Curry, and to effortlessly switch on defense and infect his teammates with energy on that end. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kent Bazemore scores 20 points; provides more leadership after Warriors' loss," 6 Feb. 2021 This training camp offered Green an opportunity to build a rapport with a new-look supporting cast and help organize the Warriors’ defense. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How Warriors are handling the absences of James Wiseman and Draymond Green," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of organize

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

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The first known use of organize was in the 15th century

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organize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of organize

: to arrange and plan (an event or activity)
: to arrange or order things so that they can be found or used easily and quickly : to put things into a particular arrangement or order
: to gather (people) into a group that will work on something together

organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio) \
organized; organizing

Kids Definition of organize

1 : to arrange by effort and planning My teacher organized a field trip.
2 : to put in a certain order The computer organized the documents by date.
3 : to make separate parts into one united whole The players were organized into teams.

Other Words from organize

organizer noun

organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize
variants: also British organise \ ˈȯr-​gə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio) \
organized also British organised; organizing also British organising

Medical Definition of organize

transitive verb

1a : to cause to develop an organic structure
b : to cause to undergo organization an organized blood clot
2 : to arrange or form into a coherent unit or functioning whole

intransitive verb

: to undergo organization an organizing pneumonitis

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organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize
organized; organizing

Legal Definition of organize

transitive verb

1a : to set up an administrative structure for
b : to persuade to associate in an organization (as a union)
2 : to arrange by systematic planning and united effort organize a strike

intransitive verb

: to form an organization especially : to form or persuade workers to join a union

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