Definition of organize in English:


(also organise)


  • 1Arrange systematically; order.

    ‘organize lessons in a planned way’
    • ‘Children need to know that we sort and classify things every day in order to organize information.’
    • ‘The best way to do this is through queuing, which at the system bus level, organizes the data that needs to be retrieved.’
    • ‘Items were reviewed by four surveillance system experts to help organize demographic categories.’
    • ‘I endured endless temping jobs, meeting and greeting, answering phones and organising filing systems whilst being ogled by pervy City types.’
    • ‘The officials reasoned that it would be too complicated to organize a system that sees the rich pay a higher fee.’
    • ‘It should systematically unify and organize a set of observations, building from basic principles.’
    • ‘Others believe that while moral beliefs may be right or wrong, there is no way to organize them into systematic principles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Biological information is hierarchically organized and it is also hierarchically interpreted and used by living organisms.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, these categories provide only the loosest possible organizing system for such varied delights.’
    • ‘In line with this seasonal pattern of demand, firms adapt their production methods and systems of organizing the workflow and managing inventories.’
    • ‘Kant replied that the human mind contains organizing principles or categories that impose order on our sense impressions.’
    • ‘There is a good selection and often items are organized in order of the ascending price range.’
    • ‘At first, I thought it was completely chaotic, but somehow the system seems to organize itself without having to talk about the rules.’
    • ‘The high school system is organized into two categories: trade schools and college preparatory.’
    • ‘The text materials were organized in chronological order, beginning with the ancient times.’
    • ‘The book has twelve chapters, organized into three sections with loosely connected themes.’
    • ‘The exhibition is organized in chronological order based on the date of purchase for each item, in three aisles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Useful science differed from practical knowledge by systematically organizing it for the first time.’
    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. 1.1Coordinate the activities of (a person or group) efficiently.
      ‘she was unsuited to anything where she had to organize herself’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's great at motivating people, organizing people, and he's loyal and very wise.’
      • ‘Women were organised into groups and group leaders were appointed.’
      • ‘Now whenever she is part of a travel group, she organizes people to play the game.’
      • ‘I would not be able to organise myself in order to do homework on a regular basis.’
      • ‘They simply lack people who can organize workers.’
      • ‘Zoe and I did our best not to appear straight laced, and tried to organise people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ten minutes later, we were organized into groups, and sent outside into the inviting rain.’
      • ‘Ably led by Noel Lyons and Marie Mannion, this group of enthusiastic people organised the underage teams with great success.’
      • ‘Like most abstract nouns, management means everything and anything associated with organizing people and their activities.’
      • ‘She took control, organised a team of doctors, nurses and therapists who gave him round-the-clock attention for months.’
      • ‘Part of Ann's job is organising the team and administrating each event.’
      • ‘The students were organized into three working groups.’
      • ‘They build power by organizing people through individual and group meetings, studying public issues that affect their interests, and by direct action.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I like to be organised, and to organise people, so I notice when things aren't done properly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She thanked the co-ordinators in the different areas that organised the volunteers.’
      • ‘The DJ organised us into groups of five, and there were five rounds.’
      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. 1.2Form (a number of people) into a trade union or other political group.
      ‘we all believed in the need to organize women’
      • ‘District 1199 is seeking a new contract and is attempting to organize the other workers at the hospital.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is a trade union activist helping organise the migrant workers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tony, a room-service attendant for nine years, says he was harassed and threatened because he was one of the activists organizing workers.’
      • ‘Fascism attempts to organize the newly created proletarian masses without affecting the property structure which the masses strive to eliminate.’
      • ‘The CGT trade union organises most of the workers involved.’
      • ‘‘Our goal is to organize the people around this issue,’ he says.’
      • ‘She says that she believes most Native youth are organizing around the twin issues of cultural and environmental preservation.’
      • ‘The labor federation, for its part, is accustomed to walking into corporate offices and cutting deals with managers - not to organizing workers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the early twentieth century the brotherhoods had organized the majority of workers in the railroad running trades.’
      • ‘A sister group called Andolan organizes women from Bangladesh.’
      • ‘You were an activist, I think it is fair to say, organizing women before the invasion.’
      • ‘He had led efforts to organize garment workers and to fight for improved working conditions in Cambodia.’
      • ‘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.’
    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 school organised the gala in order to expand its annual fair into the surrounding community.’
    • ‘With that in mind, they have organised a number of beer tastings in the snug surroundings of their Stonegate shop.’
    • ‘He also paid tribute to the city centre management team for organising last month's food fair.’
    • ‘Months of planning and preparation went into organising this year's festival.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The union is organizing a rally for mid-July when students return from semester breaks.’
    • ‘If you're bringing the kids, they will be well entertained by a variety of programs and events organized by the resort.’
    • ‘Both exhibitions have been organized by the museum's Department of Architecture and Design.’
    • ‘This symposium has been organised in order to provide a forum for questioning the condition, role and value of contemporary art criticism.’
    • ‘For example, we organize seminars and other events to keep them informed.’
    • ‘Candidates and officials of the neighbourhood community jointly organize the meetings.’
    • ‘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 seminar was organized in conjunction with the Sport Authority of Thailand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tours of the show have been organized by the museum.’
    • ‘The host institution was responsible for organizing all aspects of the study tour for the visiting delegation.’
    • ‘On the last night of the event the lecturers organized fun activities such as English language games, songs and quizzes.’
    • ‘Should the game take off, Wong and his team are prepared to organize gatherings and tournaments.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the Town Council for taking on the responsibility of organising a St. Patrick's Day parade.’
    prepared, all set, set, organized, in a fit state, equipped, primed
    completed, finished, prepared, organized, done, arranged, fixed, in readiness
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    1. 2.1Take responsibility for providing or arranging.
      ‘Julie organized food and drink for the band’
      • ‘I also want to thank the bank for giving me time off to organise the sound system.’
      • ‘They organized food and water for us after the wave, and have been sending more to us every day.’
      • ‘The named individuals, presumably marketing bods, are deemed responsible for organising the flyposting.’
      • ‘Free of charge transportation will be organised to and from the town.’
      • ‘One old-time guard tells me that after a while the Air Force would organise a food drop to the stranded train.’
      • ‘They also organise food stalls to raise money for good causes such as food banks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A special thank you to the parents' association who supplied the food and drinks and organised the catering.’
      • ‘Plain at that time did all the technical work setting up the servers and organising the access systems and Internet connection.’


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