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organization

or (especially British) organisation

[awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌɔr gə nəˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of organizing.
2.
the state or manner of being organized.
3.
something that is organized.
4.
organic structure; composition:
The organization of this painting is quite remarkable.
5.
a group of persons organized for some end or work; association:
a nonprofit organization.
6.
the administrative personnel or apparatus of a business.
7.
the functionaries of a political party along with the offices, committees, etc., that they fill.
8.
an organism.
adjective
9.
of or relating to an organization.
10.
Informal. conforming entirely to the standards, rules, or demands of an organization, especially that of one's employer:
an organization mentality.
Origin of organization
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English organizacion < Medieval Latin organizātiōn- (stem of organizātiō), equivalent to organizāt(us) (past participle of organizāre; see organize, -ate2) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
organizational, adjective
organizationally, adverb
antiorganization, noun
misorganization, noun
nonorganization, noun
preorganization, noun
suborganization, noun
superorganization, noun
underorganization, noun
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  • The organization of works of charity was soon actively pursued.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • The organization might think it had more right than ever to be bitter against us.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Far from it, for the experience of the war has taught only too well that the organization of an air force takes time and patience.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • In politics, Mr. Palmer has been a member of the Republican party since its organization.

  • The organization will aim to direct negro sentiment and support along lines of best interests for Detroit.

British Dictionary definitions for organization

organization

/ˌɔːɡənaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of organizing or the state of being organized
2.
an organized structure or whole
3.
a business or administrative concern united and constructed for a particular end
4.
a body of administrative officials, as of a political party, a government department, etc
5.
order or system; method
Derived Forms
organizational, organisational, adjective
organizationally, organisationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for organization
n.

mid-15c., "act of organizing," from Middle French organisation and directly from Medieval Latin organizationem (nominative organizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of organizare, from Latin organum "instrument, organ" (see organ). Meaning "system, establishment" is from 1873. Organization man is from title of 1956 book by American sociologist William H. Whyte (1917-1999). Related: Organizational.

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organization in Medicine

organization or·gan·i·za·tion (ôr'gə-nĭ-zā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or process of organizing.

  2. The state or manner of being organized.

  3. Something that has been organized or made into an ordered whole.

  4. Something made up of elements with varied functions that contribute to the whole and to collective functions.

  5. A structure through which individuals cooperate systematically to conduct business.

  6. The conversion of coagulated blood, exudate, or dead tissue into fibrous tissue.

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