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 games, organized by the U.S. Department of Defense, are expected to draw more than 300 athletes from six nations. ExpressNews.com, "Not for the faint of heart," 10 July 2019 American guitarist Charlie Byrd heard Gilberto’s music in 1961 while on a Jazz Ambassador tour organized by the State Department. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Remembering João Gilberto," 10 July 2019 The sheer scale and possibilities of Dix—tested with a recent hip-hop music festival, Dreamville, organized by J. Cole—will help the department evolve. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Is most exciting park project in the nation taking shape in Raleigh?," 9 July 2019 The strike and rally in Shakopee are being organized by the Awood Center, a group that advocates for Somali and other East African workers. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Amazon ‘Prime Day’ strike planned at Shakopee warehouse," 8 July 2019 The Harry Potter Concert Series is organized by CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Muggles and musicians: Louisville Orchestra to perform 'Harry Potter' in concert," 3 July 2019 The Stonewall Reader by New York Public Library Penguin Classics The very first Pride parade in Los Angeles was organized alphabetically. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Tracing the Internal Queer Revolution," 26 June 2019 Chapters are organized alphabetically by vegetables from asparagus to turnips. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "She used to work at Zingerman's. Now she's back to cook from her new book," 11 June 2019 The event is being organized by chef Mason Hereford and Lauren Agudo of Turkey and the Wolf and Molly’s Rise and Shine, chef Megan Forman of Gracious Bakery and event coordinator Mandi Bordelon. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Top New Orleans chefs, bartenders to host bake sale to support abortion rights," 11 June 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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