- 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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I want to serve the people and I want every girl, every child, to be educated and for that reason we have organised Malala Fund.Malala: 'I want every girl, every child, to be educated'
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He had organised a private English class for his son and several other boys.A Yom Kippur Reading
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Mr Peek, who organised a raft of Golden Jubilee beacons in 2002, delivered the crystal to the Tower of London yesterday evening.4,000 Beacons To Illuminate The Globe on Jubilee Weekend
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Can exercises be organised in which the pupil may do original work on the facts?
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- 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 organised
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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