- 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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“He was a brave field commander and an expert in intelligence, and in organizing popular and tribal forces,” said the eulogist.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
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One group that has truly been effective in organizing the community on this front is the Florida-based Emerge USA.These Candidates Are Courting the Muslim Vote
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This sub rosa gathering marks another step in the organizing of a potential presidential campaign for Clinton.Hillary Clinton’s Secret Iowa Campaign Cadre
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She spoke of organizing a Million Mom march for all mothers who have lost a child.Chicago’s Gun-Toting Gang Girl: ‘Lil Snoop’
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He had had no experience in organizing schools upon the graded plan.Cleveland Past and Present
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It developed that for some weeks he had been organizing rebellion.
(a) An increased recognition of the subject matter in organizing the course.College Teaching
With the help of our organizing talent you will become the France of the future.England and Germany
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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 organizing
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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