organize

verb or·ga·nize \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of organize

organized; organizing
transitive verb
1 : to form into a coherent unity or functioning whole : integrate
  • trying to organize her thoughts
2 a : 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

organizable

play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈnī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of organize in a Sentence

  1. They hired a professional to help organize their wedding.

  2. We are organizing a fund-raiser.

  3. His office is a mess. He needs someone to help him organize his work.

  4. I spent some time organizing my closet last weekend.

  5. You need to learn to organize better.

  6. She organized people to work for social justice.

  7. The players were organized into separate teams.

  8. He encouraged them to organize for social justice.

  9. The company has tried to prevent the workers from organizing.

Recent Examples of organize from the Web

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First Known Use of organize

15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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


ORGANIZE Defined for English Language Learners

organize

verb

Definition of organize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

organize

verb or·ga·nize \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz \

Definition of organize for Students

organized; organizing
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.

organizer

noun

Medical Dictionary

organize

verb or·ga·nize
variants: also British organise play \ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz\

medical Definition of organize

organized also British organised; organizing also British organising
transitive verb
1 a : 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

Law Dictionary

organize

verb or·ga·nize

legal Definition of organize

organized; organizing
transitive verb
1 a : 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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