or·​ga·​niz·​er | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnī-zər How to pronounce organizer (audio) \
plural organizers

Definition of organizer

1 : a person or thing that organizes something: such as
a : a person who arranges something (such as an event) especially by systematic planning and by coordinating the efforts of others the organizers of the festival Community organizers have scheduled other events around the city this weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For example, on Sunday the Town Hall will host "Writers Resist," at which more than a dozen writers will read their own work and pieces from celebrated American rights activists.— Jessica Lee
b : something (such as a device or container) that is designed to keep objects or information in a particular arrangement or order a closet organizer The digital diary a.k.a the electronic organizer was popular in the '80s and '90s. It was a calculator, address book and notepad all-in-one.— Rill Causey and Sam Reichman We discovered that one of the firms still mailed tax organizers to clients in January. While they didn't really expect their clients to fill out the paper organizers, they knew the document remained an effective way of reminding clients to start getting organized well before April 15—and to keep the firm's brand top of mind.— Kyle Walters
2 : a region of a developing embryo or a substance produced by such a region that is capable of inducing a specific type of development in undifferentiated tissue

called also inductor

Examples of organizer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japanese organizers and government bodies are obligated by a Host City Contract signed in 2013 to pick up most of the Olympic costs. Stephen Wade, The Christian Science Monitor, "Even with one year delay, 2021 Tokyo Olympics won't be the same," 15 May 2020 Last week, the board of directors for the Miss Texas Scholarship Organization voted to delay the August event in the interest of safety for Miss Texas participants, volunteers, organizers and fans, an announcement by the organization states. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Miss Texas competition at Eisemann Center in Richardson postponed until 2021," 14 May 2020 Rob Nosse, a longtime labor union organizer and three-term Democratic House member representing inner Southeast Portland, is facing a challenge from what could be an unexpected sector: several large public employee labor unions. oregonlive, "Southeast Portland lawmaker with track record as labor activist faces challenge from labor-backed newcomer," 12 May 2020 Some Olympic facilities already are booked for other events next summer, potentially forcing organizers to pay for alternatives. Isabel Reynolds,, "Olympics Delay Means $12 Billion Games Just Got More Expensive," 10 May 2020 The longtime organizer and outreach worker with Ayudando Latinos a Soñar, or ALAS, goes to malls, grocery stores and farmworker housing complexes in an effort to reach even the most marginalized people. Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle, "Latinos’ coronavirus burden," 8 May 2020 The former second lady will hold three Zoom events with Michiganders, including a roundtable with nurses focused on the pandemic, a meeting with the Michigan Democratic Black Caucus and finally a training with organizers and volunteers. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus live updates, May 4: 'I'm not finished,' man says of messages on house," 4 May 2020 But organizers and police were able to quickly re-route the course through West Peters Street and Schmidt Landing so runners could avoid the fire. Shelby Dermer,, "Here are the Top 10 moments in the 22-year history of the Flying Pig Marathon," 30 Apr. 2020 My friend Shabd Simon-Alexander, a community organizer and artist, had begun the painstaking work of connecting PPE donors directly to the frontline health care workers who were desperate for supplies. Sarah Wang, The New Republic, "Confessions of a PPE Smuggler," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of organizer

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of organizer was in 1786

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“Organizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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variants: also British organiser \ -​ˌnī-​zər How to pronounce organiser (audio) \

Medical Definition of organizer

1 : one that organizes
2 : a region of a developing embryo (as the chordamesoderm of the dorsal lip of the vertebrate blastopore) or a substance produced by such a region that is capable of inducing a specific type of development in undifferentiated tissue

called also inductor

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