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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

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Examples of organized in a Sentence

They ran a well-organized political campaign. She's a very organized person.
Recent Examples on the Web San Francisco deputy public defender Doug Welch called into the hearing to say his clients charged with shoplifting are not part of organized crime, but were homeless or struggled with substance abuse, and needed more services. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, "'Out of control': Organized crime drives S.F. shoplifting spike, closing 17 Walgreens in five years," 13 May 2021 The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the ransomware attack had been carried out by an organized crime group, DarkSide, which is believed to operate from Eastern Europe, possibly Russia. New York Times, "Gasoline Buying Fever Rages as Pipeline Company Begins Restart," 12 May 2021 But the Colombian government has so far defended the actions of the police and blamed the violence on groups of rioters and organized crime. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Colombia's bloody protests could be a warning to the region," 5 May 2021 Anti-corruption programs that the United States once promoted have mostly disbanded, and organized crime has proliferated. Washington Post, "Harris-led campaign to stem migration from Central America faces steep challenges," 1 May 2021 Lulzim Basha of the Democratic Party accuses the government of corruption and links to organized crime, and pledges lower taxes, higher salaries and more social financial support. Llazar Semini, Star Tribune, "Albanians vote in election after a bitter political fight," 25 Apr. 2021 That may not seem like a lot of people, but in a country with the population size of Russia’s, this would require over 5 million people to participate in an organized resistance. Shelley Inglis, The Conversation, "For Vladimir Putin and other autocrats, ruthlessly repressing the opposition is often a winning way to stay in power," 22 Apr. 2021 Mexico scores even worse, and sits among the world’s three worst performers in terms of the magnitude of the problem posed by organized crime and the reliability of the police. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, "Is President Lopez Obrador Destroying Mexico?," 19 Apr. 2021 So transnational organized crime kills far more Americans than terrorism ever will. CBS News, "Deputy homeland security adviser Russ Travers on terrorist threats - "Intelligence Matters"," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of organized

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2021

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“Organized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of organized

: arranged into a formal group with leaders and with rules for doing or planning things
: arranged into or belonging to a labor union
: arranged or planned in a particular way

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