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

Other Words from organize

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

Choose the Right Synonym for organize

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web That person will also work with the town’s veterans’ services officer to organize and support local observances for holidays including Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the statement said. John Hilliard,, 20 Sep. 2022 Volunteers are needed to help receive, sort, organize, and price donations, and monitor the tag sale event every day from now through Oct. 10. Hartford Courant, 15 Sep. 2022 Leaderless collaboration is a central tenet of blockchains, and Ethereum developers proved their ability to self-organize and painstakingly push towards an enormously technically challenging update over the course of many years. Time, 15 Sep. 2022 The country’s laws protecting workers’ rights to organize and speak out about working conditions date to the 1930s and are badly in need of an update, labor advocates say. Eli M. Rosenberg, NBC News, 25 Aug. 2022 Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Lewis was friends with Rayshard Brooks, helped organize protests after his death and defeated an incumbent last year for a seat on the council. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, ajc, 23 Aug. 2022 Their first bout was intended to keep Joshua busy while promoters tried to organize and build up a showdown with Tyson Fury, the World Boxing Council champion. Morgan Campbell, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 And something that helps students organize their devices and accompanying chargers is vital. Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 That original race eventually led to a triple crown of races with additional events in Fairplay and Buena Vista and the formation of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation (WPBA) as a governing body to organize and regulate the sport. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of organize

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

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More Definitions for organize


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


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


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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