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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According to details in a federal complaint filed last month, María and her sons came from Guatemala after receiving threats of murder due to community organizing efforts. Melanie Grayce West And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Day After Court Deadline, a Round of Family Reunifications at 26 Federal Plaza," 11 July 2018 The Democrats’ advertising and organizing effort will face a large counterattack from conservative groups. Michael Scherer, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats target key GOP senators in battle over Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 The advertising and organizing effort will face a large counterattack from conservative groups. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats target Murkowski, Collins in campaign against Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 That seems to be Mr. Cromer’s organizing principle for the production. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Mary-Louise Parker, Resounding in ‘The Sound Inside’," 3 July 2018 The event was organized by Roaming Hunger, a national network of over 12,500 food trucks. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Snag a mobile meal deal in Chicago on National Food Truck Day Friday," 28 June 2018 This 2 mile-long parade is organized completely by volunteers and non profits, depending solely on sponsorship for funding. Charlene Santiago, star-telegram, "Where to celebrate Independence Day," 27 June 2018 The event was organized by the Securing Our eCity Foundation, a San Diego non-profit that has been holding the camps each summer since 2010. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Students up security skills at 'Cyber Boot Camp'," 27 June 2018 Roy Hong, organizing director for National Nurses United, could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Nurses at Johns Hopkins allege hospital is impeding their efforts unionize," 25 June 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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