[ awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: organizationorganizationsorganizational on

  1. the act or process of organizing.

  2. the state or manner of being organized.

  1. something that is organized.

  2. organic structure; composition: The organization of this painting is quite remarkable.

  3. a group of persons organized for some end or work; association: a nonprofit organization.

  4. the administrative personnel or apparatus of a business.

  5. the functionaries of a political party along with the offices, committees, etc., that they fill.

  1. of or relating to an organization.

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

Origin of organization

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English organizacion, from Medieval Latin organizātiōn-, stem of organizātiō, equivalent to organizāt(us) “arranged” (past participle of organizāre “to contrive, arrange”; see organize) + -iō -ion
  • Also especially British, or·gan·i·sa·tion .

Other words from organization

  • or·gan·i·za·tion·al, adjective
  • or·gan·i·za·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun
  • mis·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun
  • non·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun
  • pre·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun
  • sub·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun
  • su·per·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun
  • un·der·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby organization Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use organization in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for organization



/ (ˌɔːɡənaɪˈzeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of organizing or the state of being organized

  2. an organized structure or whole

  1. a business or administrative concern united and constructed for a particular end

  2. a body of administrative officials, as of a political party, a government department, etc

  3. order or system; method

Derived forms of organization

  • organizational or organisational, adjective
  • organizationally or organisationally, adverb

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