- to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action: to organize a committee.
- to systematize: to organize the files of an office.
- to give organic structure or character to: Cells become differentiated and organized into tissues.
- to enlist or attempt to enlist into a labor union: to organize workers.
- to enlist the employees of (a company) into a labor union; unionize: to organize a factory.
- Informal. to put (oneself) in a state of mental competence to perform a task: We can't have any slip-ups, so you'd better get organized.
- to combine in an organized company, party, or the like.
- to form a labor union: Management resisted all efforts to organize.
- to assume organic structure.
Also especially British, or·gan·ise.
Origin of organize
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1. dispose, frame. 2. order.
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Examples from the Web for organising
None were squeamish about organising power to pursue their object.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough
July 4, 2014
Of course, Mr Kim has no qualms about organising purges of his own.The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea's 'Empire of Horror'
December 15, 2013
He is suspected of having massively overcharged local authorities for organising sporting events.Engulfed by Scandal, Could The Spanish Royal Family Fall?
April 4, 2013
Gambetta, Chanzy, Bourbaki, and Trochu were organising a desperate defence.My Double Life
With these words the Syracusan made his exit, bent on organising his performance.The Symposium
Now the whole of this, you will remark, is the training, the organising of bodies.London Lectures of 1907
And the Organising Activity is not only upward-reaching, but forward-looking.The Heart of Nature
He is the organising Life of the worlds, and all beings are rooted in Him.Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries
- to form (parts or elements of something) into a structured whole; coordinate
- (tr) to arrange methodically or in order
- (tr) to provide with an organic structure
- (tr) to enlist (the workers) of (a factory, concern, or industry) in a trade union
- (intr) to join or form an organization or trade union
- (tr) informal to put (oneself) in an alert and responsible frame of mind
C15: from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum organ
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Word Origin and History for organising
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole.
- To arrange in a coherent form.
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