[ awr-guh-nahyzd ]
/ ˈɔr gəˌnaɪzd /


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 forms

well-or·gan·ized, adjective

Definition for organized (2 of 2)


[ awr-guh-nahyz ]
/ ˈɔr gəˌnaɪz /

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

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

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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for organized (1 of 2)



/ (ˈɔːɡəˌnaɪzd) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for organized (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɔːɡəˌnaɪz) /


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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Medicine definitions for organized


[ ôrgə-nīz′ ]


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