organize

verb
or·​ga·​nize | \ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz \
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 \ 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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Facebook has a genocide problem Last month, The New York Times reported that members of the Myanmar military organized a systematic disinformation campaign to demonize the country's Muslim Rohingya minority group. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”," 21 Nov. 2018 Her worsening symptoms — the forgetfulness and confusion, the difficulties communicating and organizing activities — weren’t just stress or the normal wear and tear of aging. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 One organization, #VoteTogether, is taking the idea a step further and helping people organize actual parties centered around voting, many of which may be held at or near polling places. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How to Actually Get Your Friends to Vote," 31 Oct. 2018 So, jump on the bus, throw a party, organize your friends, or attend one of many get out the vote events near you. Marie Claire, "With One Week Until Election Day, the Boxers Share Advice and Insight," 30 Oct. 2018 Getting organized is definitely a good idea, because the very next day a huge celestial motion occurs with the potential to change your life forever. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Ryan spoke with seized drugs in baggies with a street value of about $200,000, cutting agents, and more than $60,000 in cash organized on the table in front of her. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Bust nets $200,000 worth of illegal drugs, Middlesex DA says," 13 July 2018 Until recent years, Rott was a key part of organizing the event and served as the family photographer. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 There is a mother-daughter duo organizing against excessive police violence and a Black Panthers member working to house the displaced. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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