[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. organization of american states,
  2. organization of petroleum exporting countries,
  3. organizational,
  4. organizational culture,
  5. organizational psychology,
  6. organized,
  7. organized ferment,
  8. organized labor,
  9. organized militia,
  10. organizer

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

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British Dictionary definitions for organizing



/ (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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Word Origin and History for organizing



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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Medicine definitions for organizing


[ ôrgə-nīz′ ]


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

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