Definition of organize in English:

organize

(also organise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Arrange systematically; order.

    ‘organize lessons in a planned way’
    • ‘The exhibition is organized in chronological order based on the date of purchase for each item, in three aisles.’
    • ‘The officials reasoned that it would be too complicated to organize a system that sees the rich pay a higher fee.’
    • ‘The book has twelve chapters, organized into three sections with loosely connected themes.’
    • ‘At first, I thought it was completely chaotic, but somehow the system seems to organize itself without having to talk about the rules.’
    • ‘It should systematically unify and organize a set of observations, building from basic principles.’
    • ‘There is a good selection and often items are organized in order of the ascending price range.’
    • ‘The text materials were organized in chronological order, beginning with the ancient times.’
    • ‘Others believe that while moral beliefs may be right or wrong, there is no way to organize them into systematic principles.’
    • ‘Biological information is hierarchically organized and it is also hierarchically interpreted and used by living organisms.’
    • ‘I endured endless temping jobs, meeting and greeting, answering phones and organising filing systems whilst being ogled by pervy City types.’
    • ‘He wants to sort out a system for organising incapacity benefit, which he believes consigns hundreds of thousands of people to a lifetime trapped in a culture of welfare dependency.’
    • ‘In line with this seasonal pattern of demand, firms adapt their production methods and systems of organizing the workflow and managing inventories.’
    • ‘The best way to do this is through queuing, which at the system bus level, organizes the data that needs to be retrieved.’
    • ‘The surprise is not that the cartel organised this system, but that they have got away with it for 200 years.’
    • ‘Work programs that provide people the opportunity to have a system that organises their time in a more rigorous way, so that they may become committed to working for the local community.’
    • ‘Useful science differed from practical knowledge by systematically organizing it for the first time.’
    • ‘Children need to know that we sort and classify things every day in order to organize information.’
    • ‘The high school system is organized into two categories: trade schools and college preparatory.’
    • ‘Kant replied that the human mind contains organizing principles or categories that impose order on our sense impressions.’
    • ‘Items were reviewed by four surveillance system experts to help organize demographic categories.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, these categories provide only the loosest possible organizing system for such varied delights.’
    put in order, order, arrange, sort, sort out, assemble, marshal, put straight, group, dispose, classify, collocate, categorize, catalogue, codify, tabulate, compile, systematize, systemize, regulate, regiment, standardize, structure, shape, mould, knock into shape, lick into shape, pigeonhole
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    1. 1.1 Coordinate the activities of (a person or group) efficiently.
      ‘she was unsuited to anything where she had to organize herself’
      • ‘They build power by organizing people through individual and group meetings, studying public issues that affect their interests, and by direct action.’
      • ‘I just need you to help out your brother's team by organizing the kids, administering first aid, cheering them on; that sort of thing.’
      • ‘Neither has this large and profitable organisation managed to organise workers to clean-up the damaged properties.’
      • ‘The students were organized into three working groups.’
      • ‘I would not be able to organise myself in order to do homework on a regular basis.’
      • ‘She took control, organised a team of doctors, nurses and therapists who gave him round-the-clock attention for months.’
      • ‘In these movements he gained the skills to be able to make practical decisions about how to organise people and get all the paperwork done at the same time.’
      • ‘They simply lack people who can organize workers.’
      • ‘Zoe and I did our best not to appear straight laced, and tried to organise people.’
      • ‘Women were organised into groups and group leaders were appointed.’
      • ‘Ten minutes later, we were organized into groups, and sent outside into the inviting rain.’
      • ‘The DJ organised us into groups of five, and there were five rounds.’
      • ‘She thanked the co-ordinators in the different areas that organised the volunteers.’
      • ‘Part of Ann's job is organising the team and administrating each event.’
      • ‘Ably led by Noel Lyons and Marie Mannion, this group of enthusiastic people organised the underage teams with great success.’
      • ‘We must organize our people to liberate themselves with the clarity of their own minds, the courage of their own hearts and the work of their own hands.’
      • ‘Like most abstract nouns, management means everything and anything associated with organizing people and their activities.’
      • ‘He said that instead of removing street vendors, the city administration should keep them where they were and organized them in order that they did not take too much public space.’
      • ‘Now whenever she is part of a travel group, she organizes people to play the game.’
      • ‘I like to be organised, and to organise people, so I notice when things aren't done properly.’
      • ‘He's great at motivating people, organizing people, and he's loyal and very wise.’
      make arrangements for, arrange, coordinate, sort out, put together, fix up, get together, orchestrate, choreograph, be responsible for, be in charge of, take care of, look after, see to, see about, deal with, direct, run, manage, conduct, administrate, set up, mobilize, mastermind, engineer
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    2. 1.2 Form (a number of people) into a trade union or other political group.
      ‘we all believed in the need to organize women’
      • ‘You were an activist, I think it is fair to say, organizing women before the invasion.’
      • ‘District 1199 is seeking a new contract and is attempting to organize the other workers at the hospital.’
      • ‘In Barcelona, on the other hand, the anarchists were skilled workers who were organized into trade unions and used the strike weapon to considerable effect.’
      • ‘Ginger and each of her 700 coworkers did, however, have a vote on the four occasions when several big trade unions tried to organize the factory.’
      • ‘We've had a lot of people organize at the grassroots level.’
      • ‘The jail scenes are the most convincing, as Miguel attempts to organize and defend the political prisoners, while Jorge drifts toward and takes the part of the more backward elements.’
      • ‘The CGT trade union organises most of the workers involved.’
      • ‘By June 1997, we were organizing people against six or seven dams - people began to connect up and share their experiences, on a pan-Valley basis.’
      • ‘By the early twentieth century the brotherhoods had organized the majority of workers in the railroad running trades.’
      • ‘We organized people, went to protests, talked on the news, went to State Senate hearings and even wrote to several different publications about how we felt - to no avail.’
      • ‘Tony, a room-service attendant for nine years, says he was harassed and threatened because he was one of the activists organizing workers.’
      • ‘She says that she believes most Native youth are organizing around the twin issues of cultural and environmental preservation.’
      • ‘He is a trade union activist helping organise the migrant workers.’
      • ‘Fascism attempts to organize the newly created proletarian masses without affecting the property structure which the masses strive to eliminate.’
      • ‘A sister group called Andolan organizes women from Bangladesh.’
      • ‘The labor federation, for its part, is accustomed to walking into corporate offices and cutting deals with managers - not to organizing workers.’
      • ‘He had led efforts to organize garment workers and to fight for improved working conditions in Cambodia.’
      • ‘Trade unions depend for their effectiveness on organising the majority of the workers in any workplace or industry.’
      • ‘The Minority Movement, organised by the infant Communist Party of Great Britain, sought to organise militants in trade unions.’
      • ‘‘Our goal is to organize the people around this issue,’ he says.’
    3. 1.3archaic Arrange or form into a living being or tissue.
      ‘the soul doth organize the body’
  • 2Make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity)

    ‘social programmes are organized by the school’
    • ‘The union is organizing a rally for mid-July when students return from semester breaks.’
    • ‘With that in mind, they have organised a number of beer tastings in the snug surroundings of their Stonegate shop.’
    • ‘On the last night of the event the lecturers organized fun activities such as English language games, songs and quizzes.’
    • ‘This symposium has been organised in order to provide a forum for questioning the condition, role and value of contemporary art criticism.’
    • ‘There is a local committee, which discusses the running of the home, a fund-raising committee and a house committee, which also organises social events.’
    • ‘The work involves storing all the collecting tins and boxes, organising the collection and ordering the poppies and wreaths to lay on Remembrance Sunday.’
    • ‘The seminar was organized in conjunction with the Sport Authority of Thailand.’
    • ‘Months of planning and preparation went into organising this year's festival.’
    • ‘The host institution was responsible for organizing all aspects of the study tour for the visiting delegation.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the Town Council for taking on the responsibility of organising a St. Patrick's Day parade.’
    • ‘They would also appreciate support from volunteers prepared to help organise the event, which, it is hoped, will rise from the ashes by autumn next year.’
    • ‘The next big fund-raiser being organised by the Order themselves is a Race Night in the Ark Bar on November 22.’
    • ‘After teachers said lack of training to teach PE was a real problem, Sporting Chance organised a number of free workshops.’
    • ‘For example, we organize seminars and other events to keep them informed.’
    • ‘He also paid tribute to the city centre management team for organising last month's food fair.’
    • ‘If you're bringing the kids, they will be well entertained by a variety of programs and events organized by the resort.’
    • ‘Should the game take off, Wong and his team are prepared to organize gatherings and tournaments.’
    • ‘Candidates and officials of the neighbourhood community jointly organize the meetings.’
    • ‘Tours of the show have been organized by the museum.’
    • ‘The school organised the gala in order to expand its annual fair into the surrounding community.’
    • ‘Both exhibitions have been organized by the museum's Department of Architecture and Design.’
    prepared, all set, set, organized, in a fit state, equipped, primed
    completed, finished, prepared, organized, done, arranged, fixed, in readiness
    prepare, get ready, make ready, equip, put together, fix
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    1. 2.1 Take responsibility for providing or arranging.
      ‘Julie organized food and drink for the band’
      • ‘They also organise food stalls to raise money for good causes such as food banks.’
      • ‘I also want to thank the bank for giving me time off to organise the sound system.’
      • ‘One old-time guard tells me that after a while the Air Force would organise a food drop to the stranded train.’
      • ‘Free of charge transportation will be organised to and from the town.’
      • ‘When he became a consultant in 1968 he took on responsibility for organising the treatment of burns and brought to the task all his military skills of organisation and documentation.’
      • ‘They organized food and water for us after the wave, and have been sending more to us every day.’
      • ‘Plain at that time did all the technical work setting up the servers and organising the access systems and Internet connection.’
      • ‘A special thank you to the parents' association who supplied the food and drinks and organised the catering.’
      • ‘The named individuals, presumably marketing bods, are deemed responsible for organising the flyposting.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum ‘instrument, tool’ (see organ).

Pronunciation

organize

/ˈɔːɡ(ə)nʌɪz/