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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Generally, Pride events celebrate LGBTQ+ people, but this one was organized by a group called Super Happy Fun America, which claimed straight folks were an oppressed majority. Wired, "While You Were Offline: The Internet Dunked on Boston's Straight Pride Parade," 8 Sep. 2019 In the spring, Geiger organized and moderated a Mount Airy round table to speak with the then-town council candidates. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Q & A: Matthew Geiger, Mount Airy’s young face of politics, wants to 'be a voice for the voiceless’," 26 Aug. 2019 The event was organized by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce as a way to honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks that took place in New York City, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Crescenta Valley parade honoring 9/11 victims rolls into its seventh year," 11 Sep. 2019 But whether the event was a joke or an actual call to organize, people were into it—really into it. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Area 51 Raid Is Mercifully Canceled," 11 Sep. 2019 Cindependent was organized by a team of 15 volunteers. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Local indie film festival returns to Cincinnati for a second year," 29 Aug. 2019 It was started by the then-Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce and in recent years been organized by the Rancho Bernardo Business Association. Pomerado News, "Win prizes while voting for Rancho Bernardo honorary mayor candidates," 28 Aug. 2019 Between collecting the money and sorting out the logistics, organizing the family get-together is like running a business, according to Karen Graham, 56, of Detroit, the president of the annual affair. Freep.com, "Despite a wet Belle Isle, this family reunion must go on," 28 Aug. 2019 While a Falcon 9 carried out a similar rideshare mission last year, that launch was organized by another company. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits," 22 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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