Definition of organize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrɡəˌnīz/


[with object]
1Arrange into a structured whole; order: organize lessons in a planned way
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  • There is a good selection and often items are organized in order of the ascending price range.
  • Children need to know that we sort and classify things every day in order to organize information.
  • The officials reasoned that it would be too complicated to organize a system that sees the rich pay a higher fee.
(put in) order, arrange, sort (out), assemble, marshal, put straight, group, classify, collocate, categorize, catalog, codify, systematize, systemize;
rare methodize
1.1Coordinate the activities of (a person or group of people) efficiently: organize and lead a group of people
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  • Now whenever she is part of a travel group, she organizes people to play the game.
  • Zoe and I did our best not to appear straight laced, and tried to organise people.
  • Ten minutes later, we were organized into groups, and sent outside into the inviting rain.
make arrangements for, arrange, coordinate, sort out, put together, fix up, set up, orchestrate, take care of, see to/about, deal with, manage, conduct, administrate, mobilize;
schedule, timetable, program
formal concert
1.2Form (a number of people) into a labor union, political group, etc. an attempt to organize unskilled workers [no object]: campaigns brought women together to organize
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  • Trade unions depend for their effectiveness on organising the majority of the workers in any workplace or industry.
  • By the early twentieth century the brotherhoods had organized the majority of workers in the railroad running trades.
  • Fascism attempts to organize the newly created proletarian masses without affecting the property structure which the masses strive to eliminate.
1.3Form (a labor union, political group, etc.).
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  • Workers do use it every time they organise a trade union and fight for better wages and conditions.
  • Socialists organised trade unions uniting black and white workers during the First World War.
  • I met workers who have been imprisoned just for organising trade unions.
1.4 archaic Arrange or form into a living being or tissue: the soul doth organize the body
2Make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate: the union organized a 24-hour general strike social and cultural programs are organized by the committee
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  • They would also appreciate support from volunteers prepared to help organise the event, which, it is hoped, will rise from the ashes by autumn next year.
  • There is a local committee, which discusses the running of the home, a fund-raising committee and a house committee, which also organises social events.
  • Should the game take off, Wong and his team are prepared to organize gatherings and tournaments.
2.1Take responsibility for providing or arranging: he is sometimes asked to stay behind, organizing transportation
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  • A special thank you to the parents' association who supplied the food and drinks and organised the catering.
  • Free of charge transportation will be organised to and from the town.
  • When he became a consultant in 1968 he took on responsibility for organising the treatment of burns and brought to the task all his military skills of organisation and documentation.



Pronunciation: /ˌôrɡəˈnīzəb(ə)l/
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  • I look at my workspace and I realize that I have so much equipment there that it's a wonder that it was organizable.
  • But Pawel's story took as a given one crucial but contestable assertion: that today's farm workers are organizable.
  • Woodruff ran the numbers on Tuesday - 12 million workers in health care, 10 million in hotels and restaurants, 10 million in retail, 6 million in construction, a census of the organizable.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum 'instrument, tool' (see organ).

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Syllabification: or·gan·ize

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