organize

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.

Primary Meanings of organize

1.
v
arrange by systematic planning and united effort
2.
v
form or join a union
Full Definitions of organize
1

v arrange by systematic planning and united effort

organize a strike”
Synonyms:
devise, get up, machinate, organise, prepare
Types:
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mount, put on
prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
lay
prepare or position for action or operation
set up
begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
sandwich
make into a sandwich
spatchcock
prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
embattle
prepare for battle or conflict
rerun
rerun a performance of a play, for example
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

v cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea

Synonyms:
organise
Antonyms:
disorganise, disorganize
remove the organization from
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arrange, order, put, set up
arrange thoughts, ideas, 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
phrase
divide, combine, or mark into phrases
retool, revise
revise or reorganize, especially for the purpose of updating and improving
Type of:
care, deal, handle, manage
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

v bring order and organization to

“Can you help me organize my files?”
Synonyms:
coordinate, organise
Types:
structure
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
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

Synonyms:
direct, engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise
Types:
choreograph
plan and oversee the development and details of
Type of:
plan
make plans for something
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v form or join a union

Synonyms:
organise, unionise, unionize
Type of:
fall in, get together, join
become part of; become a member of a group or organization

v 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
regiment
form (military personnel) into a regiment
syndicate
organize into or form a syndicate
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

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