organize

verb

or·​ga·​nize ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio)
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 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

Example Sentences

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 Intuit has a portfolio of products that help individuals and businesses organize their finances. John Simons, Time, 20 Nov. 2022 As for lap swims, etc., children often don’t organize fundraisers; adults do — adults who may agree with you but were overruled at some interminable fundraising meeting back in September. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 Weekly meetings begin in July to start learning the rules book and by August veteran and rookie officials are put on the field in game-like situations though scrimmages different schools organize. Jon Johnson, al, 6 Nov. 2022 Founded by Lonis Hamaili and David Fant, the collaboration tool enables decentralized autonomous organizations to recruit, organize teams, manage projects, and pay contributors with native tokens. WIRED, 7 Oct. 2022 European governments have been filling strategic oil and gas reserves, but that is not how a country should organize its energy supply. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 Hackers and tech experts worldwide have weighed in to help cyber-savvy activists organize, fight back and dominate in the digital domain — a key battleground that Iran’s leadership, more than ever, appears unable to control. Omid Khazani And Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 To help streamline cooking, organize cabinets, and declutter—without renovating the entire kitchen—consider investing in a pot rack and pan organizer. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2022 Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Russia should organize safe corridors for women and children living nearby. Hanna Arhirova, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of organize was in the 15th century

Cite this Entry

“Organize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organize. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

organize

verb

or·​ga·​nize ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio)
organized; organizing
1
: to make separate parts into one united whole : form or form into an organization
2
: to put into order : systematize
organize your work
organizer noun

Medical Definition

organize

verb

or·​ga·​nize
variants also British organise
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

Legal Definition

organize

verb

or·​ga·​nize
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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