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organize

[awr-guh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing.
  1. to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action: to organize a committee.
  2. to systematize: to organize the files of an office.
  3. to give organic structure or character to: Cells become differentiated and organized into tissues.
  4. to enlist or attempt to enlist into a labor union: to organize workers.
  5. to enlist the employees of (a company) into a labor union; unionize: to organize a factory.
  6. 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.
verb (used without object), or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing.
  1. to combine in an organized company, party, or the like.
  2. to form a labor union: Management resisted all efforts to organize.
  3. to assume organic structure.
Also especially British, or·gan·ise.

Origin of organize

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin organizāre to contrive, arrange, equivalent to organ(um) organ + -izāre -ize
Related formsor·gan·iz·a·ble, adjectiveor·gan·iz·a·bil·i·ty, nounmis·or·gan·ize, verb, mis·or·gan·ized, mis·or·gan·iz·ing.out·or·gan·ize, verb (used with object), out·or·gan·ized, out·or·gan·iz·ing.pre·or·gan·ize, verb, pre·or·gan·ized, pre·or·gan·iz·ing.un·or·gan·iz·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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1. dispose, frame. 2. order.

Antonyms

1. destroy.
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Examples from the Web for organizable

Historical Examples

  • The organizing, organizable Americans had been deleted from the works.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross

  • A better index of progress is the proportion of organized workers to organizable workers.

  • So that in these cases also all the organic or organizable matter was made by plants, and made out of earth and air.


British Dictionary definitions for organizable

organize

organise

verb
  1. to form (parts or elements of something) into a structured whole; coordinate
  2. (tr) to arrange methodically or in order
  3. (tr) to provide with an organic structure
  4. (tr) to enlist (the workers) of (a factory, concern, or industry) in a trade union
  5. (intr) to join or form an organization or trade union
  6. (tr) informal to put (oneself) in an alert and responsible frame of mind

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum organ
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Word Origin and History for organizable

organize

v.

early 15c., "construct, establish," from Middle French organiser and directly from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum "instrument, organ" (see organ). Related: Organized; organizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

organizable in Medicine

organize

(ôrgə-nīz′)
v.
  1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole.
  2. To arrange in a coherent form.
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