organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize | \ ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce organize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce organizable (audio) \ 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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The foundation committed the funds to the local organizing committee of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is hoping to secure the city as a site for one of the 2020 debates. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hartford Foundation donates $1 million for effort to host presidential debate," 2 Sep. 2019 Local media estimated that as many as 10,000 students from some 200 secondary and tertiary institutions were joining the class boycott, which was co-organized with two student groups. Time Staff, Time, "Students Boycott Classes on the First Day of the School Year in Hong Kong's Latest Democracy Protest," 2 Sep. 2019 All of these injustices impact workers who are not organized in a union. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Times change but politicians still turn out on Labor Day in the East Bay," 2 Sep. 2019 The protests were organized by the anti-Brexit group Another Europe Is Possible and by Momentum, which is allied with the opposition Labour Party. Washington Post, "Parliament’s suspension before Brexit protested across UK," 1 Sep. 2019 But the conditions the Fuyao workers face are challenging, and the locals’ initial friendliness toward the company curdles into something more complex as the United Automobile Workers begin to organize the factory. David Sims, The Atlantic, "American Factory Is a Complex Chronicle of Global Capitalism," 30 Aug. 2019 Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church dates its earliest history to September 1845, when the congregation was organized, according to a cemetery book maintained by the church. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Forgotten no longer: Scout builds memorial to children in unmarked Catonsville graves," 19 Aug. 2019 The building’s new academic wings are organized by grade level, with each level supported by a learning commons designed so students can collaborate just outside their classrooms and teachers can still supervise them. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls retains history with renovation of intermediate school," 19 Aug. 2019 Today, that doesn’t matter, since anti-gunners are now organized by the best professional organizers that money can buy, thanks to Michael Bloomberg and other malefactors of great wealth. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce organize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce organise (audio) \
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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