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organization US English

An organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc.

organization US Thesaurus

the organization of conferences

organization chart US English

A graphic representation of the structure of an organization, showing the relationships of the positions or jobs within it

organization man US English

A man who lets his individuality and personal life be dominated by the organization he works for

World Trade Organization US English

An international body founded in 1995 to promote international trade and economic development by reducing tariffs and other restrictions

World Health Organization US English

An agency of the United Nations, established in 1948 to promote health and control communicable diseases

health maintenance organization US English

A health insurance organization to which subscribers pay a predetermined fee in return for a range of medical services from physicians and healthcare workers registered with the organization

International Labor Organization US English

An organization established in 1919 whose aim is to encourage lasting peace through social justice, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969

Organization of African Unity US English

An association of African states founded in 1963 for mutual cooperation and the elimination of colonialism in Africa. It is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization of American States US English

An association including most of the countries of North and South America, chartered in 1948 by members of the former Pan American Union. It has aimed to work for peace and prosperity in the region and to uphold the sovereignty of member nations. Its headquarters are in Washington, DC

Palestine Liberation Organization US English

A political and military organization formed in 1964 to unite various Palestinian Arab groups and ultimately to bring about an independent state of Palestine

World Meteorological Organization US English

An agency of the United Nations, established in 1950 with the aim of facilitating worldwide cooperation in meteorological observations, research, and services. Its headquarters are in Geneva

Food and Agriculture Organization US English

An agency of the United Nations established in 1945 to secure improvements in the production and distribution of food and agricultural products and to raise levels of nutrition. Its headquarters are in Rome

North Atlantic Treaty Organization US English

An association of European and North American countries, formed in 1949 for the defense of Europe and the North Atlantic against the perceived threat of Soviet aggression. By 2005, the alliance consisted of 26 countries, including several eastern European nations. NATO’s purpose is to safeguard member countries by political and military means

International Civil Aviation Organization US English

An agency of the United Nations, founded in 1947 to study problems of international civil aviation and to establish standards and regulations. Its headquarters are in Montreal

South East Asia Treaty Organization US English

A defense alliance that existed between 1954 and 1977 for countries of Southeast Asia and part of the southwestern Pacific, to further a US policy of containing communism. Its members were Australia, Britain, France, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and the US

South West Africa People's Organization US English

A nationalist organization formed in Namibia in 1964–66 to oppose the illegitimate South African rule over the region. It waged a guerrilla campaign, operating largely from Angola; it eventually gained UN recognition, and won elections in 1989

World Intellectual Property Organization US English

An organization, established in 1967 and an agency of the United Nations from 1974, for cooperation between governments in matters concerning patents, trademarks, and copyright, and the transfer of technology between countries. Its headquarters are in Geneva

International Organization for Standardization US English

An organization founded in 1946 to standardize measurements for international industrial, commercial, and scientific purposes

Organization for European Economic Cooperation US English

An organization established in 1948 by sixteen western European countries to promote trade and stability. It was replaced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 1961

Organization of Central American States US English

An association of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica founded in 1951 for economic and political cooperation

Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries US English

An association of Arab countries, founded in 1968 to promote economic cooperation and safeguard its members' interests and to ensure the supply of oil to consumer markets. Its headquarters are in Safat, Kuwait

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries US English

An association of twelve major oil-producing countries, founded in 1960 to coordinate policies and prices, with headquarters in Vienna. Members are Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development US English

An organization formed in 1961 to assist the economy of its member nations and to promote world trade. Its members include the industrialized countries of western Europe together with Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the US. Its headquarters are in Paris


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