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Definition of organized

1 : having a formal organization to coordinate and carry out activities organized baseball organized crime
2 : affiliated by membership in an organization (such as a union) organized steelworkers

Examples of organized in a Sentence

They ran a well-organized political campaign. She's a very organized person.
Recent Examples on the Web The discoveries have prompted speculation about long-unsolved missing person and murder cases dating back decades — to organized crime and the early days of Las Vegas, which is just a 30-minute drive from the lake. Ken Ritter, ajc, 26 July 2022 They were also exposed to gangsters, profiteers, and organized crime. Eli Cahan, Rolling Stone, 23 July 2022 In May, a top organized crime prosecutor who had been investigating drug traffickers and money launderers was gunned down while on his honeymoon in Colombia. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 22 July 2022 He was arrested in May on cattle theft and engaging in organized crime charges. Susan Carroll, NBC News, 22 July 2022 However, the decision to legalize medical cannabis and industrial hemp seems more a purely economic move than a further effort to fight back or contain organized crime. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Crime researcher, author and analyst Ziyanda Stuurman said the method of the shootings indicated possible involvement of organized crime. Mogomotsi Magome, ajc, 11 July 2022 Even the country’s notorious organized crime syndicates largely forgo guns. New York Times, 9 July 2022 Even the country’s notorious organized crime syndicates largely forgo guns. Max Fisher,, 9 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of organized

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Organized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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