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a. The act or process of organizing: The organization of the photos did not take long.
b. The state or manner of being organized: The organization of the files could be improved.
c. A manner of accomplishing something in an orderly or efficient way: Your project was hampered by your lack of organization.
a. A group of persons organized for a particular purpose; an association or business.
b. The administrative personnel of such a structure: contacted the organization with his complaint.

or′gan·i·za′tion·al adj.
or′gan·i·za′tion·al·ly adv.


(ˌɔːɡənaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


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. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a body of administrative officials, as of a political party, a government department, etc
5. order or system; method
ˌorganiˈzational, ˌorganiˈsational adj
ˌorganiˈzationally, ˌorganiˈsationally adv


(ˌɔr gə nəˈzeɪ ʃən)

1. the act or process of organizing.
2. the state or manner of being organized.
3. something that is organized.
4. organic structure; composition.
5. a group of persons organized for some end or work; association.
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. of or pertaining to an organization.
9. conforming completely to the standards, rules, or demands of an organization, esp. that of one's employer: an organization man.
[1375–1425; late Middle English organizacion < Medieval Latin organizātiō=organizā(re) to organize + Latin -tiō -tion]
or`gan•i•za′tion•al, adj.
or`gan•i•za′tion•al•ly, adv.
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Noun1.organization - a group of people who work togetherorganization - a group of people who work together
social group - people sharing some social relation
adhocracy - an organization with little or no structure; "the choice between bureaucracy and adhocracy represents a common dilemma"; "the need for informational flexibility can lead to adhocracy"
affiliate - a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization; "network affiliates"
bureaucracy - any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape
NGO, nongovernmental organization - an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
Tammany, Tammany Hall, Tammany Society - a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism
fiefdom - an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group
line of defence, line of defense - any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something; "police are the major line of defense against crime"
line organisation, line organization - the organizational structure of activities contributing directly to the organization's output
association - a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"
polity - a politically organized unit
quango, quasi-NGO - a quasi nongovernmental organization; an organization that is financed by the government yet acts independently of the government
institution, establishment - an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
enterprise - an organization created for business ventures; "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"
defence force, defense force, defence, defense - an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
establishment - any large organization
fire brigade, fire company - a private or temporary organization of individuals equipped to fight fires
troupe, company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
social unit, unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
Peace Corps - a civilian organization sponsored by the United States government; helps people in developing countries
personnel, force - group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
labor union, trade union, trades union, union, brotherhood - an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job"
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization - an organization of musicians who perform together
party, political party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
political machine, machine - a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
machine - an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; "the war machine"
professional organisation, professional organization - an organization of and for professional people
alignment, alinement, coalition, alliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
federation - an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
quorum - a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
pecking order, power structure, hierarchy - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
membership, rank - the body of members of an organization or group; "they polled their membership"; "they found dissension in their own ranks"; "he joined the ranks of the unemployed"
delegation, deputation, delegacy, commission, mission - a group of representatives or delegates
Girl Scouts - an organization of young women and girls founded in 1912 for character development and citizenship training
blue - any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue; "the Union army was a vast blue"
gray, grey - any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey; "the Confederate army was a vast grey"
host - any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event; "Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games"
2.organization - an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"
structure - the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations; "his lectures have no structure"
classification system - a system for classifying things
contrivance - an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
coordinate system, frame of reference, reference frame, reference system - a system that uses coordinates to establish position
data structure - (computer science) the organization of data (and its storage allocations in a computer)
design, plan - an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
distribution, statistical distribution - (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
genetic map - graphical representation of the arrangement of genes on a chromosome
kinship system - (anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed
lattice - an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions
living arrangement - an arrangement to allow people (or ideas) to coexist
ontology - (computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations
calendar - a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year
3.organization - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering somethingorganization - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
Curia - (Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
top brass - the most important persons in a governing body
executive - persons who administer the law
judiciary, bench - persons who administer justice
county council - the elected governing body of a county
government officials, officialdom - people elected or appointed to administer a government
pecking order, power structure, hierarchy - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
management - those in charge of running a business
advisory board, planning board - a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
4.organization - the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business; "he was brought in to supervise the organization of a new department"
administration, disposal - a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
nonprofit, nonprofit organization, not-for-profit - an organization chartered for other than profit-making activities
rationalisation, rationalization - the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency
reorganisation, reorganization, shakeup, shake-up - the imposition of a new organization; organizing differently (often involving extensive and drastic changes); "a committee was appointed to oversee the reorganization of the curriculum"; "top officials were forced out in the cabinet shakeup"
self-organisation, self-organization - organizing yourself (especially organizing your own labor union)
syndication - organizing into or administering as a syndicate
5.organization - an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized; "his compulsive organization was not an endearing quality"; "we can't do it unless we establish some system around here"
methodicalness, orderliness - the quality of appreciating method and system
6.organization - the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically; "his organization of the work force was very efficient"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
randomisation, randomization - a deliberately haphazard arrangement of observations so as to simulate chance
systematisation, systematization, rationalisation, rationalization - systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
ordering, order - the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
itemisation, itemization, listing - the act of making a list of items
territorialisation, territorialization - the act of organizing as a territory
7.organization - the act of forming or establishing something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
unionisation, unionization - act of forming labor unions; "the issue underlying the strike was unionization"
collectivisation, collectivization - the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
communisation, communization - the organization of a nation of the basis of communism
federation - the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
colonisation, colonization, settlement - the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies; "the British colonization of America"


1. group, company, party, body, concern, league, association, band, institution, gathering, circle, corporation, federation, outfit (informal), faction, consortium, syndicate, combine, congregation, confederation Most of the funds are provided by voluntary organizations.
3. structure, grouping, plan, system, form, design, method, pattern, make-up, arrangement, construction, constitution, format, formation, framework, composition, chemistry, configuration, conformation, interrelation of parts the internal organization of the department

Economic organizations and treaties

ACAS or Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service, Bretton Woods System, CACM or Central American Common Market, CAP or Common Agricultural Policy, CARICOM or Caribbean Community and Common Market, CARIFTA or Caribbean Free Trade Area, CBI or Confederation of British Industry, COMECON or Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, ECO or European Coal Organization, ECOSOC or Economic and Social Council, ECOWAS or Economic Community Of West African States, ECSC or European Coal and Steel Community, EEA or European Economic Area, EFTA or European Free Trade association, EMS or European Monetary System, EMU or European Monetary Union, EU or European Union, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, European Monetary Cooperation Fund, European Regional Development Fund, GATT or General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Group of 7 or G7, IFC or International Finance Corporation, ILO or International Labour Organization, IMF or International Monetary Fund, LAFTA or Latin American Free Trade Association, Lomé agreements, Maastricht Treaty, Monopolies and Mergers Commission, NAFTA or New Zealand and Australia Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA or North American Free Trade Agreement, NEDC or National Economic Development Council, OECD or Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Office of Fair Trading, OPEC or Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Single European Market Act, Treaty of Rome, TUC or Trades Union Congress, UNCTAD or United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNIDO or United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank or International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, WTO or World Trade Organization


1. The act of founding or establishing:
3. Systematic arrangement and design:
4. A group of people united in a relationship and having some interest, activity, or purpose in common:
5. An association, especially of nations for a common cause:
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A. N
1. (= act) → organización f
2. (= body) → organización f, organismo m
B. CPD organization chart Norganigrama m


[ˌɔːrgənaɪˈzeɪʃən] organisation (British) n
(= group) → organisation f
the World Health Organization → l'Organisation mondiale de la santé
[event, activity] → organisation f
(= orderliness)
a complete lack of organization → un manque total d'organisation


(= act)Organisation f (also Pol); (of time)Einteilung f
(= arrangement)Ordnung f; (of facts, work) → Organisation f; (of time) → Einteilung f; (of essay) → Aufbau m; (of sb’s life) → Planung f
(= institution)Organisation f; (Comm) → Unternehmen nt


organization chart
nOrganisationsplan m
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Organization of African Unity
Organization of American States
Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries
nOrganisation fder arabischen Erdöl exportierenden Länder
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
nOrganisation fder Erdöl exportierenden Länder


[ˌɔːgənaɪˈzeɪʃn] norganizzazione f
a charitable organization → un'organizzazione filantropica



(ˈoːgənaiz) verb
1. to arrange or prepare (something), usually requiring some time or effort. They organized a conference.
2. to make into a society etc. He organized the workers into a trade union.
ˈorganizer, ˈorganiser noun
ˌorganiˈzation, ˌorganiˈsation noun
1. a group of people working together for a purpose. a business organization.
2. the act of organizing. Efficiency depends on the organization of one's work.
3. the state of being organized. This report lacks organization.
ˈorganized, ˈorganised adjective
1. efficient. She's a very organized person.
2. well-arranged. an organized report.
3. having been planned. an organized protest.


مُنَظَمَةٌ organizace organisation Organisation οργάνωση organización järjestö organisation organizacija organizzazione 組織 조직 organisatie organisasjon organizacja organização организация organisation องค์กร organizasyon tổ chức 组织


n. organización; asociación.


n organización f; health maintenance — (HMO) (US) plan m de salud que procura reducir costos al contratar médicos de acuerdo al número de pacientes que atienden; World Health Organization (WHO) Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS)
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Uncommonly conscientious for a seaman, and endued with a deep natural reverence, the wild watery loneliness of his life did therefore strongly incline him to superstition; but to that sort of superstition, which in some organizations seems rather to spring, somehow, from intelligence than from ignorance.
Chicago was the industrial center of the country, and nowhere else were the unions so strong; but their organizations did the workers little good, for the employers were organized, also; and so the strikes generally failed, and as fast as the unions were broken up the men were coming over to the Socialists.
Nine-tenths of the Heidelberg students wore no badge or uniform; the other tenth wore caps of various colors, and belonged to social organizations called "corps.
And during these few revolutions all the activity, all the traditions, the complex organizations, the nations, languages, literatures, aspirations, even the mere memory of Man as I knew him, had been swept out of existence.
His was one of those rare organizations, endowed with an obedient intelligence like that of the dog; with a blind valor, a quick eye, and a prompt hand; to whom sight appeared only to be given to see if the king were dissatisfied with anyone, and the hand to strike this displeasing personage, whether a Besme, a Maurevers, a Poltiot de Mere, or a Vitry.
The writers sometimes looked up at each other and smiled; they understood without speaking, their organizations were so delicate and sympathetic.
There was in all the practical activities of New England for the last quarter of a century, a gradual withdrawal of tender consciences from the social organizations.
To-day there are no such organizations in the South, and the fact that such ever existed is almost forgotten by both races.
The French found Moscow abandoned but with all the organizations of regular life, with diverse branches of commerce and craftsmanship, with luxury, and governmental and religious institutions.
Now how many organizations of a philanthropic nature do you suppose there are in the City of London itself, Miss Hilbery?
My greatest danger lay in the hideous reptilia whose low nervous organizations permitted their carnivorous instincts to function for several minutes after they had ceased to live.
Second, I suggest that all men and women, and boys and girls, who have so acquainted themselves with the essentials of the fine art of animal-training, should become members of, and ally themselves with, the local and national organizations of humane societies and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

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