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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Recent Examples on the Web For reasons unknown, the Netflix library is organized into more categories than you’ll ever see on the front screen. David Nield, Popular Science, "Hack Netflix with these add-ons and tricks," 6 Feb. 2020 Dees-Thomases spent 10 feverish months working part time as a publicist for the David Letterman Show, parenting, and organizing the Million Moms March. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Donna Dees-Thomases, Glamour's 2000 Woman of the Year, Says Moms Are Necessary For Movements," 6 Feb. 2020 This system includes a polymer handle with rubberized inserts, various blades, and a knife roll with pockets to keep everything organized and securely held in place. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 The event was organized by Discovery Mackenzie, a research center created by MPU in 2017 to mirror the Discovery Institute in Seattle, which also promotes ID. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s pick of a creationist to lead its higher education agency rattles scientists," 26 Jan. 2020 That program will dovetail with the latest initiative, enabling Democrats to fill some organizing roles. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic National Committee targets Wisconsin, 5 other states for ramped-up 2020 ground game," 22 Jan. 2020 Hosted by The Caring Foundation, the event was organized to raise essential funding to support young people living with HIV in Africa. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Speaks of "Great Sadness" at Stepping Down from the Royal Family," 20 Jan. 2020 This new Vortex is being organized by a large coalition of people but spearheaded by Lauderdale and Robyn Tenenbaum. oregonlive, "Organizers imagine Vortex2020 as a music festival that involves ‘all of Oregon’," 20 Jan. 2020 Exercises in these corners are organized according to children’s developmental stages, based on the Rwandan government’s early childhood education curriculum guidelines (pdf). Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "“There is a great awakening happening”: The contentious role of religion in educating kids," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of organize

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

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“Organize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organize. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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organize

verb
How to pronounce organize (audio)

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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