[awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuh n]



of or relating to an organization.
Informal. conforming entirely to the standards, rules, or demands of an organization, especially that of one's employer: an organization mentality.

Also especially British, or·gan·i·sa·tion.

Origin of organization

1375–1425; late Middle English organizacion < Medieval Latin organizātiōn- (stem of organizātiō), equivalent to organizāt(us) (past participle of organizāre; see organize, -ate2) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsor·gan·i·za·tion·al, adjectiveor·gan·i·za·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounmis·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounnon·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounpre·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounsub·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounsu·per·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounun·der·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for organisation

Contemporary Examples of organisation

Historical Examples of organisation

  • So long as we feel unable to improve on this organisation we shall have these inequalities.

  • English cooking is inferior to French cooking: English organisation is inferior to German organisation.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Through me, the Organisation now formally both forgets and forgives.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • But this organisation was not nearly so difficult as it appears to be at first sight.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • War is their peculiar business--their organisation and habits of life all have reference to war.


    Theodor Hertzka

British Dictionary definitions for organisation




the act of organizing or the state of being organized
an organized structure or whole
a business or administrative concern united and constructed for a particular end
a body of administrative officials, as of a political party, a government department, etc
order or system; method
Derived Formsorganizational or organisational, adjectiveorganizationally or organisationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for organisation

chiefly British English spelling of organization. For spelling, see -ize. Related: Organisational.



mid-15c., "act of organizing," from Middle French organisation and directly from Medieval Latin organizationem (nominative organizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of organizare, from Latin organum "instrument, organ" (see organ). Meaning "system, establishment" is from 1873. Organization man is from title of 1956 book by American sociologist William H. Whyte (1917-1999). Related: Organizational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for organisation




The act or process of organizing.
The state or manner of being organized.
Something that has been organized or made into an ordered whole.
Something made up of elements with varied functions that contribute to the whole and to collective functions.
A structure through which individuals cooperate systematically to conduct business.
The conversion of coagulated blood, exudate, or dead tissue into fibrous tissue.
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