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 organizable (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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Salazar is also longtime DSA activist, having served on the organizing committee of the DSA’s socialist-feminist working group. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Julia Salazar, the socialist politician accused of lying about her past, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 The suit, announced earlier this week, was brought by Fair Fight Action, the nonprofit arm of a new voting rights organization, and Care in Action, a group that organizes domestic workers in the state. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The new lawsuit challenging Georgia’s entire elections system, explained," 30 Nov. 2018 First, there's Support the LAFD, who has organized a campaign with the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation to purchase hydration backpacks for firefighters. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How to Help California Firefighters and Others Affected by the Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 The Knights of Labor, which organized people across industrial and ethnic lines, grew from 104,066 members in July 1885 to 702,924 a year later. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 One of the first things the Pintas did was reach out to Indivisible Aurora, the community advocacy group that organized the Aurora Pride Parade. Eric Duran /, NBC News, "Illinois town will get first pride parade thanks to this 12-year-old," 11 July 2018 Most of the council members also reported going the Fiesta Bowl, for free, on behalf of the committee that organizes the annual college football playoff game. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Glendale lawmakers took game tickets from casino owner, other pricey gifts," 9 July 2018 Such is the philosophy of Women on Adventures, a company that organizes monthly adventures for groups of women around the country, with San Antonio now the latest outpost. Lizzie Stokes, San Antonio Express-News, "New San Antonio group leads members on women-only adventures," 9 July 2018 Her team of cleaning consultants are quietly raising $40 million from various investors ready to take organizing to the next level. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Watch Out Goop, Marie Kondo Is Launching Her Own Lifestyle Site," 8 Mar. 2019

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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 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 organise (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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