- 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 organize
“The union did not organize any official contingent to participate in the protests,” Kim said.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
Maybe we should have this parade as soon as we can organize it.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own
November 11, 2014
Presumably they returned to their hometowns to organize the urban protests.Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.
October 10, 2014
Five months later, the New York Fed tried (without success) to organize a bailout of Lehman Brothers.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape
September 26, 2014
“We have to, and I think we will”—even if Shaffer must organize it.Paul Shaffer's Life With Letterman
August 29, 2014
These are the creators of Fashion, which is an attempt to organize beauty of behavior.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nevertheless, he failed completely to organize a branch at Berlin.Dreamers of the Ghetto
We have seen how it can preach war and resistance, and can organize that war and resistance.The Soul of a People
Or shall I help you organize so as to develop this hot country for America?The Forbidden Trail
The skilled consumer will organize his skill and deal with the people he wants.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
- 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 organize
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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