organize

verb
or·ga·nize | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz \
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 \ 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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The event was organized following the violent demonstrations involving white supremacists and neo-Nazis last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Acid-tripping neo-Nazi from Missouri disabled train to ‘save it from black people,’ feds say," 13 July 2018 Protests rallying against the July 23 visit are being organized by Refuse Fascism Philly, Refuse Fascism, Delco NOW and Philly UP and NextGen Pennsylvania. Wire Reports, Philly.com, "Mike Pence to headline Lou Barletta fundraiser at Union League," 12 July 2018 The brigades were organized along paramilitary lines and have been frequently deployed by the government to repress the dissident Ladies in White and other opposition groups. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "He now hunts Cuban human-rights abusers in the U.S. Was he once an offender himself?," 12 July 2018 The meeting was organized by the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage. Washington Post, "Meeting about Minneapolis police shooting ends abruptly," 12 July 2018 The campaign was organized by LOLA MullenLowe, an ad agency in Spain, in collaboration with FELGTB, Spain's federation for LGBT rights. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Activists Use the World Cup to Challenge Russia's Anti-LGBTQ Policies," 11 July 2018 The week-long corporate mixer, punctuated by lectures from royalty, politicians and professional athletes, is organized by the investment bank Allen & Co. and is aimed at stoking future mergers and the advisory fees that go with them. NBC News, "Wine and Wimbledon: The personal touch in courting corporate mergers," 10 July 2018 The event was organized in conjunction with Students Demand Action SATX. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "March for Our Lives students talk gun violence in San Antonio," 9 July 2018 The funeral was organized by Lopez's aunt, and the funeral home donated all of its services to the family, including a cemetery plot. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Funeral for boy known as 'Little Jacob' held in Houston," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of organize

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

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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 \
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 \
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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