v. or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing, or·gan·iz·es
a. To put in order; arrange in an orderly way: organized the papers into files; organized her thoughts before speaking.
b. To cause to have an orderly, functional, or coherent structure: organized the report around three main initiatives. See Synonyms at arrange.
c. To cause (oneself) to act or live in an orderly or planned way: has trouble in school because he can't get organized.
a. To arrange or prepared for (an activity or event): organize a party; organize a strike.
b. To establish as an organization: organize a club. See Synonyms at establish.
a. To induce (employees) to form or join a labor union.
b. To induce the employees of (a business or industry) to form or join a union: organize a factory.
1. To develop into or assume an orderly, functional, or coherent structure.
2. To form or join an activist group, especially a labor union.
[Middle English organisen, from Old French organiser, from Medieval Latin organizāre, from Latin organum, tool, instrument; see ORGAN.]
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