American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole.
- v. To arrange in a coherent form; systematize: organized her thoughts before speaking.
- v. To arrange in a desired pattern or structure: "The painting is organized about a young reaper enjoying his noonday rest” ( William Carlos Williams).
- v. To arrange systematically for harmonious or united action: organize a strike. See Synonyms at arrange.
- v. To establish as an organization: organize a club. See Synonyms at found1.
- v. To induce (employees) to form or join a labor union.
- v. To induce the employees of (a business or an industry) to form or join a union: organize a factory.
- v. To develop into or assume an organic structure.
- v. To form or join an activist group, especially a labor union.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render organic; give an organic structure to; construct or modify so as to exhibit or subserve vital processes: commonly in the past participle.
- In general, to form into a whole consisting of interdependent parts; coördinate the parts of; systematize; arrange according to a uniform plan or for a given purpose; provide with a definite structure or constitution; order.
- In music, to sing or arrange in parts: as, to organize the halleluiah.
- Synonyms To constitute, construct.
- To assume an organic structure or a definite formation or constitution, as a number of individuals; become coördinated or systematically arranged or ordered.
- Also spelled organise.
- To arrange; plan; prepare.
- v. transitive To arrange in working order.
- v. transitive To constitute in parts, each having a special function, act, office, or relation; to systematize.
- v. transitive To furnish with organs; to give an organic structure to; to endow with capacity for the functions of life; as, an organized being; organized matter; — in this sense used chiefly in the past participle.
- v. transitive, music To sing in parts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Biol.) To furnish with organs; to give an organic structure to; to endow with capacity for the functions of life; ; -- in this sense used chiefly in the past participle.
- v. To arrange or constitute in parts, each having a special function, act, office, or relation; to systematize; to get into working order; -- applied to products of the human intellect, or to human institutions and undertakings, as a science, a government, an army, a war, etc.
- v. (Mus.), rare To sing in parts.
- v. create (as an entity)
- v. form or join a union
- v. cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
- v. bring order and organization to
- v. plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
- v. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
- From New Latin organizare ("to organize") (compare Medieval Latin organizare ("to play on the organ")), from Latin organum ("organ"); see organ. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English organisen, from Old French organiser, from Medieval Latin organizāre, from Latin organum, tool, instrument; see organ. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The ability to communicate and organize is particularly important in political terms.”
“The best motivation for me to clean and organize is to plan a party or have those friends over for dinner that I know will talk about how messy I am.”
“To give just one particularly egregious example, in a case called Oakwood Healthcare Batista stripped millions of American workers of their right to unionize by holding that an employee who provides even minimal direction to their co-workers can be classified as a “supervisor” (The right of actual managers to organize is not protected under federal labor law).”
“My "thing," if I want to organize, is solid communication with the people in the community.”
“How we organize is also a major challenge to us as hospitals.”
“Furthermore, let us not forget that the abstract right to organize is not the same as the right when concretely exercised.”
“The right of men to organize is no more to be questioned than your right or mine to be the citizen of the state to which we belong.”
“Again, this tendency to organize is not conducive to the highest individual development.”
“Barack Obama’s silence on the horrid crime in the city he attempted to organize, is both chilling and unacceptable.”
“Upping the ante, Hawass on Sunday told his country’s parliament that he "will never again organize antiquities exhibitions in Germany if it refuses a request, to be issued next week, to allow the bust of Nefertiti to be displayed in Egypt for three months.”
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