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[awr-guh-nahyz] /ˈɔr gəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), organized, organizing.
to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action:
to organize a committee.
to systematize:
to organize the files of an office.
to give organic structure or character to:
to organize the elements of a composition.
to enlist or attempt to enlist into a labor union:
to organize workers.
to enlist the employees of (a company) into a labor union; unionize:
to organize a factory.
Informal. to put (oneself) in a state of mental competence to perform a task:
We can't have any slip-ups, so you'd better get organized.
verb (used without object), organized, organizing.
to combine in an organized company, party, or the like.
to form a labor union:
Management resisted all efforts to organize.
to assume organic structure.
Also, especially British, organise.
Origin of organize
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin organizāre to contrive, arrange = organ(um) organ + -izāre -ize
Related forms
organizable, adjective
organizability, noun
misorganize, verb, misorganized, misorganizing.
outorganize, verb (used with object), outorganized, outorganizing.
preorganize, verb, preorganized, preorganizing.
unorganizable, adjective
1. dispose, frame. 2. order.
1. destroy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The count then occupied himself, before taking a moment's rest, in organising the tranquillity and security of the city.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Gambetta, Chanzy, Bourbaki, and Trochu were organising a desperate defence.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • In organising the Council the bishops were seated according to rank.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • With these words the Syracusan made his exit, bent on organising his performance.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • She was in Paris organising something in connection with the devastated districts.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • Now the whole of this, you will remark, is the training, the organising of bodies.

  • He had a deadly precision of speech, a very remarkable memory, and a great power of organising and assembling his facts.

British Dictionary definitions for organising


to form (parts or elements of something) into a structured whole; coordinate
(transitive) to arrange methodically or in order
(transitive) to provide with an organic structure
(transitive) to enlist (the workers) of (a factory, concern, or industry) in a trade union
(intransitive) to join or form an organization or trade union
(transitive) (informal) to put (oneself) in an alert and responsible frame of mind
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organumorgan
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Word Origin and History for organising



early 15c., "construct, establish," from Middle French organiser and directly from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum "instrument, organ" (see organ). Related: Organized; organizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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organising in Medicine

organize or·gan·ize (ôr'gə-nīz')
v. or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing, or·gan·iz·es

  1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole.

  2. To arrange in a coherent form.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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