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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a commercial company/organization
▪ Many commercial companies are having financial difficulties.
a relief agency/organization
▪ Relief agencies reported that many of the refugees had arrived in a terrible condition.
a terrorist group/organization
▪ No terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
a voluntary organization/group/body/agency
▪ The day care scheme was run by a voluntary organization.
fraternal association/organization/society
hierarchical structure/organization/system etc
▪ a hierarchical society
▪ What he saw was a new form of human organization emerging amid the chaos of breakdown in the feudalistic order.
▪ This is clear in the sense that applied technique includes the human organization or system that sets equipment to work.
▪ In their view, corporate strategies fail because they consider problems in the external environment but not those internal to the organization.
▪ State conjunctural policies respond, similarly, to variations in the strategies and internal organization of the dominant class.
▪ The internal organization of state policy-making has tended to reflect the lines of cleavage within dominant economic groups of civil society.
▪ In comparison, internal organization is a more attractive way of administering such transactions.
▪ A further organizational trend under way in the tourist industry concerns an aspect of the internal organization of travel firms themselves.
▪ Arbiter theorists also recognize that liberal democratic states vary greatly in their internal organization between federal and unitary forms.
▪ This orientation to the political sphere conditions internal management organization and culture.
▪ If the scale of the society is a natural first question, the next is certainly its internal organization.
▪ While flying home I sat next to a senior executive with a large international organization.
▪ An East Berlin section of the international environmental organization, Greenpeace, was founded in February.
▪ There is no way to win world socialism except through revolutionary mass parties fraternally associated in an international organization.
▪ Now and then an international organization can stigmatize some element or other.
▪ To coordinate this work, the existing nuclei of these parties must be brought together in an international organization.
▪ A colleague and I are currently involved in considering major changes in a very large organization.
▪ To get anything significant done within a large organization, every entrepreneur needs an informal network of allies.
▪ The skills and expertise required to manage or advise them are in many respects different to those required in a large organization.
▪ The train itself was much more closely tied to the larger organization.
▪ In the large organization, even the risks associated with the selection of leadership are reduced.
▪ If you work in a large organization, ask whether the human resources department offers this service.
▪ They had many ties in the larger organization, friends and past coworkers from whom they could seek support and companionship.
▪ While flying home I sat next to a senior executive with a large international organization.
▪ This called for the withdrawal of the National Executive memorandum abolishing the League's national organization.
▪ My connection to a politically active national organization had strengthened my hand immeasurably.
▪ There were many difficulties, but there is no doubting that Labour's national organization began to improve.
▪ They stick to the three cardinal investment principles set down by the national organization: &038;.
▪ I heard him talk last week to the Houston branch of a national organization, the Planning Forum.
▪ Another very important, but very different, family service is provided by the Family Service Units, a national organization.
▪ Inside a decade it grew into a national organization with an affluent governing board and a Washington lobbying of lice.
▪ What we need is not some new kind of organization.
▪ Teamwork and cooperation will be the basis for creating value in the new organization.
▪ After the Civil War, the Bolshevik party had recreated itself in response to events; it was virtually a new organization.
▪ Methods of compensation will change drastically in the new organization.
▪ Hence Trevelyan's invitation to MacDonald to chair the new organization.
▪ In all these senses, the new organization retained most of the features of the organization that had just been abandoned.
▪ In the new organization, the flow of information will change drastically.
▪ And in the newer and flatter organization where there is little opportunity for promotion, how does an enterprising employee advance?
▪ The group interviewed 14 elderly homeowners who approached the nonprofit organization for help with loans.
▪ Sportsbridge, a new nonprofit organization designed to promote athleticism for women, had brought the pair together.
▪ The new foundation is registered with the state as a tax-exempt religious corporation instead of a nonprofit organization for public benefit.
▪ For 15 years, I have worked for a nonprofit civil-rights organization that regularly enjoys the co-counsel support of major law firms.
▪ The nonprofit organization based in Woodland, near Sacramento, is critical of education technology.
▪ Mediascope, a nonprofit organization that promotes social and health issues, published a nationwide study of media violence.
▪ Economic and political organization in the late twentieth century is more centralized than that.
▪ Do you belong to a political organization?
▪ They bequeathed an invaluable legacy of moral integrity, revolutionary thought and political organization on which their Bolshevik heirs were to draw.
▪ Freedom of political organization is more formal than real, and corruption is widespread throughout the whole political system.
▪ It dramatized the challenge of trying to pose as a progressive leader while maintaining a profiteering, corrupt political organization.
▪ This is the size of many hunter-gatherer bands, the social organization in which mankind has existed throughout most of its history.
▪ No one can say that implacable biology ordains failure, that gay social organization is fixed, promiscuous, and doomed.
▪ They are much less helpful, however, in a search for the source and significance of our social organization.
▪ All have similarities in settlement pattern and in social organization, with unilineal descent systems and chiefdom organization.
▪ Their argument depends on a notion of society as a system which is dominated by particular forms of social and economic organization.
▪ Instead, it seemed that the nature of social organization in the villages was critical.
▪ At first, social organization is limited to the family, it is therefore dominated by kinship, and property is communal.
▪ This contains a much lengthier and more important consideration of tribal social organization, as well as of classical and oriental societies.
▪ But then it is characteristic of this latest phase that the professional society is primarily a business organization.
▪ It is a form of business organization wherein two or more individuals agree to own and operate a business.
▪ But the existing business organization has a great many middle-management positions that are supposed to prepare and test a person.
▪ The emerging shape-shifting business organization remains intensely ambiguous.
▪ What are the implications for a business organization of adopting the marketing concept? 2.
▪ The percentage of sales method is commonly used to determine the future external financing requirements of a growing business organization.
▪ The debtor must be an individual, but this includes a partnership and a business organization which is not entirely incorporated.
▪ The logic of business organization developed in the industrial age emphasized the virtues of increasing size.
allied industries/organizations/trades etc
▪ The site now employs about 7,000 people directly, although many more are involved in allied industries or in ongoing construction projects.
an affiliated organization/club/member etc
shoestring organization/operation etc
▪ The books give all the insider know-how for staying and getting around a country on a shoestring budget.
umbrella organization/group/agency etc
▪ About 130 professional and human-rights groups are folded into Concilio Cubano, a rickety umbrella group set up last year.
▪ Inpeg, the Czech environmentalist umbrella group that organised the protests, refused to condemn Molotov cocktails being thrown at police.
▪ La Raza is an umbrella group of almost 200 Hispanic advocacy groups.
▪ The umbrella group we'd formed in 1987 had fallen into abeyance, but the name still meant something.
voluntary organization/association/agency etc
▪ All voluntary agencies funded by the Department of Social Work must also now operate a complaints procedure.
▪ Do you belong to a voluntary organization?
▪ Local authorities or voluntary agencies should have provided the information, the association said.
▪ Many of the statutory and voluntary agencies provide advice without charge.
▪ The list of all the voluntary agencies concerned directly or indirectly with family welfare would be too long to provide here.
▪ The main voluntary agency dealing with literacy is Marxist.
▪ Think of your church, your synagogue, your voluntary organization.
▪ Under the initiative, voluntary agencies have received grants totalling £150,000.
▪ a non-profit environmental organization
▪ Callihan's organization and leadership has been invaluable.
▪ Employees receive health care from a health maintenance organization (HMO).
▪ Greenpeace is an international organization that works to protect the environment.
▪ Most big organizations employ their own legal experts.
▪ one of Europe's leading human rights organizations
▪ the World Health Organization
▪ There are some good ideas here, but the essay lacks organization and clarity.
▪ And if there was organization and money, then there was design and planning.
▪ People feel out of touch with one another and with the organization.
▪ Publicity differs from the other promotional devices mentioned in this chapter in that it often does not cost the organization any money!
▪ The organization hopes to adopt the standard within a year.
▪ The person being called can tell us what he or she thinks or feels about our organization and what we offer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Organization \Or`gan*i*za"tion\, n. [Cf. F. organisation.]

  1. The act of organizing; the act of arranging in a systematic way for use or action; as, the organization of an army, or of a deliberative body. ``The first organization of the general government.''

  2. The state of being organized.

  3. That which is organized; an organized existence; an organism; specif. (Biol.), an arrangement of parts for the performance of the functions necessary to life.

    The cell may be regarded as the most simple, the most common, and the earliest form of organization.

  4. Specifically: A group of persons associated together for a common purpose and having a set of rules which specify the relations of the individual members to the whole gorup.

  5. The manner in which something is organized; the relations included in an organized state or condition; as, the organization of the department permits ad hoc groups to form.

    What is organization but the connection of parts in and for a whole, so that each part is, at once, end and means?

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. (context uncountable English) The quality of being organized.

  1. n. a group of people who work together [syn: organisation]

  2. 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" [syn: arrangement, organisation, system]

  3. 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" [syn: administration, governance, governing body, establishment, brass, organisation]

  4. the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club" [syn: constitution, establishment, formation, organisation]

  5. the act of organizing a business or business-related activity; "he was brought in to supervise the organization of a new department" [syn: organisation]

  6. the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically; "his organization of the work force was very efficient" [syn: organisation]

  7. 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" [syn: organisation, system]


An organization or organisation (see spelling differences) is an entity comprising multiple people, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment.

The word is derived from the Greek word organon, which means " organ".

Organization (disambiguation)

An organization or organisation is an entity, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment.

Organization or organisation also may also refer to:

Organization (journal)

Organization is a peer-reviewed academic journal that covers the field of management and organization studies. The editors-in-chief are Craig Prichard ( Massey University) and Robyn Thomas ( Cardiff Business School). It was established in 1994 and is published by Sage Publications.

Usage examples of "organization".

A State statute which forbids bodies of men to associate together as military organizations, or to drill or parade with arms in cities and towns unless authorized by law, does not abridge the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Corporate structure information such as organization charts, hierarchy charts, employee or departmental lists, reporting structure, names, positions, internal contact numbers, employee numbers, or similar information that is used for internal processes should not be made available on publicly accessible Web sites.

Coral Lorenzen, author of The Great Flying Saucer Hoax and an international director of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization, immediately followed through on the startling rumors by putting in a call to Terry Clarke of KALG Radio in Alamogordo, nine miles east of Holloman.

Americans thought NOW and other leading feminist organizations were selling out, for one and only one reason: Bill Clinton supported their agenda, especially their agenda on abortion.

And you wonder that the little nihilist groups and labor organizations and associations of agnostics, as you call them, meeting to study political economy and philosophy, say that the existing state of things has got to be overturned violently, if those who have the power and the money continue indifferent.

WMD, no small concern in a nation that had once amassed a considerable arsenal of chemical weapons, biological agents, and Scud missiles, and was not now a model of governmental organization.

Anderson, his wife and daughter also belong to a most unusual organization called The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

In the history of royal or priestly confirmations by a male-dominated organization, this is unprecedented: the anointment ceremony presided over by a woman?

On the whole the arachnoid partners dominated in manual skill, experimental science, the plastic arts, and practical social organization.

Those seventeen-now reduced to sixteen since Doole had eliminated Arb Skynxnex from consideration-clearly had been rising stars in the Black Sun organization.

Besides these permanent organizations, there are the simply countless temporary artels, constituted for each special purpose.

The United States is the peace police, but only in the final instance, when the supranational organizations of peace call for an organizational activity and an articulated complex of juridical and organizational initiatives.

In organizations where this is not cost-effective, two forms of authentication should be used to validate identity.

Louis Browns, George Shaefer and others, he at once begun pulling wires looking toward the formation of an organization based on the old American Association lines, one that should do away with many of the evils that now exist.

The encampment was a shambles, bereft of organization, sloppily prepared and seriously undermanned.