If you systematically put something in order, you organize it. Your family might not understand the way you organize your kitchen if you keep shoelaces, dental floss, and a screwdriver in your silverware drawer.

The verb organize also means to plan or orchestrate something. If you've agreed to organize the German club's bake sale, you'll probably spend some serious time transporting cupcakes and linzer torte to school. When a group of workers forms a union, this action is also described with the verb organize. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union, for example, was organized in 1900 in New York City by immigrant factory workers.

Definitions of organize
  1. verb
    arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    organize a strike”
    synonyms: devise, get up, machinate, organise, prepare
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    mount, put on
    prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
    prepare or position for action or operation
    set up
    begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
    make into a sandwich
    prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
    prepare for battle or conflict
    rerun a performance of a play, for example
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    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  2. verb
    cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
    synonyms: organise
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    disorganise, disorganize
    remove the organization from
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    arrange, order, put, set up
    arrange thoughts, ideas, or temporal events
    rationalise, rationalize
    structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
    territorialise, territorialize
    organize as a territory
    reorganise, reorganize, shake up
    organize anew
    collectivise, collectivize
    bring under collective control; of farms and industrial enterprises
    contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize
    arrange or represent events so that they co-occur
    divide, combine, or mark into phrases
    retool, revise
    revise or reorganize, especially for the purpose of updating and improving
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    care, deal, handle, manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  3. verb
    bring order and organization to
    “Can you help me organize my files?”
    synonyms: coordinate, organise
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    give a structure to
    interlock, mesh
    coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
    reconstitute, restructure
    construct or form anew or provide with a new structure
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  4. verb
    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
    synonyms: direct, engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise
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    plan and oversee the development and details of
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    make plans for something
  5. verb
    form or join a union
    synonyms: organise, unionise, unionize
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    fall in, get together, join
    become part of; become a member of a group or organization
  6. verb
    create (as an entity)
    synonyms: form, organise
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    regroup, reorganise, reorganize
    organize anew, as after a setback
    choose up
    form sides, as for a game
    draw up
    form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers
    form (military personnel) into a regiment
    organize into or form a syndicate
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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