from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of organizing.
  • noun The state or manner of being organized.
  • noun A manner of accomplishing something in an orderly or efficient way.
  • noun A group of persons organized for a particular purpose; an association or business.
  • noun The administrative personnel of such a structure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In biology: The structural composition of an organism.
  • noun Metaphorically, the cause or explanation of the structure of organisms; that which organizes; an organizing influence. Most of the attempts to imagine an architecture in the egg as an explanation of the structure of the being that is developed from the egg are based upon the metaphorical conception of organization. See germ-plasm and physiological unit.
  • noun In pathology, conversion of an amorphous substance, such as a blood-clot, into organized tissue.
  • noun The act of organizing, or the process of disposing or arranging constituent or interdependent parts into an organic whole.
  • noun The process of arranging or systematizing; specifically, the process of combining parts into a coördinated whole: as, the organization of an expedition.
  • noun That which is organized; a regularly constituted whole or aggregate; an organism, or a systematized and regulated whole; any body which has a definite constitution: often used specifically of an organized body of persons, as a literary society, club, corporation, etc.
  • noun Organic structure or constitution; arrangement, disposition, or collocation of interdependent parts or organs; constitution in general: as, animal organization; the organization of society; the organization of the church or of a legislature.
  • noun Also spelled organisation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of organizing; the act of arranging in a systematic way for use or action.
  • noun The state of being organized.
  • noun (Biol.) That which is organized; an organized existence; an organism.
  • noun A group of persons associated together for a common purpose and having a set of rules which specify the relations of the individual members to the whole gorup.
  • noun The manner in which something is organized; the relations included in an organized state or condition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The quality of being organized.
  • noun uncountable The way in which something is organized, such as a book or an article.
  • noun countable A group of people or other legal entities with an explicit purpose and written rules.
  • noun countable A group of people consciously cooperating.
  • noun baseball A major league club and all its farm teams.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
  • noun the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically
  • noun an organized structure for arranging or classifying
  • noun an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized
  • noun the act of forming or establishing something
  • noun a group of people who work together
  • noun the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

organize +‎ -ation


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