affiliated in an organization, especially a union: organized dockworkers.
having a formal organization or structure, especially to coordinate or carry out for widespread activities: organized medicine; organized crime.

Origin of organized

First recorded in 1810–20; organize + -ed2
Related formswell-or·gan·ized, adjective



verb (used with object), or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing.

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

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 for organize

Antonyms for organize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for organized




planned and controlled on a large scale and involving many peopleorganized crime
orderly and efficienta highly organized campaign
(of the workers in a factory or office) belonging to a trade unionorganized labour




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

Word Origin for organize

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

1590s, "furnished with organs," past participle adjective from organize (v.). Meaning "forming a whole of interdependent parts" is from 1817. Organized crime attested from 1929.



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

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organized in Medicine




To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole.
To arrange in a coherent form.
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