organization or‧gan‧i‧za‧tion [ˌɔːgənaɪˈzeɪʆn ǁ ˌɔːrgənə-] also organisation noun
1. [countable] ORGANIZATIONS a company, business, group etc that has been formed for a particular purpose:

• a not-for-profit organization

• Federal officials making the grants consider such factors as an organization's ability to raise other funds.

emˈployers' organiˌzation also employers' organisation [countable] COMMERCE ORGANIZATIONS
an organization of employers who work together when discussing wages and working conditions with trade unions, and represent employers in discussions with public organizations and government; = TRADE ASSOCIATION
ˈvirtual organiˌzation also ˈvirtual organiˌsation TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMERCE ORGANIZATIONS
a group of independent organizations that work together through computer networks to achieve their aim; = VIRTUAL CORPORATION:

• No longer restricted to a physical location, virtual corporations can reach the entire world and offer their services locally, nationally, or worldwide.

2. [uncountable] the planning and arranging of work of a particular business, company, group etc:

• new management methods that challenge classical ideas about organisation

3. organization Man/​Woman disapproving HUMAN RESOURCES someone working for a company who never takes risks and always agrees with the people in authority:

• Entrepreneurial types are more creative and experimental - without them organization Man and Woman will suffer.

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organization UK US (UK also organisation) /ˌɔːgənaɪˈzeɪʃən/ US  /ɔːrgənəˈzeɪʃən/ noun
[C] WORKPLACE a company or other group of people that works together for a particular purpose: »

Most organizations nowadays are under increasing pressure to be more accountable to multiple stakeholders.


a business/trading organization


a consumer/marketing/research organization


a nonprofit/charitable/voluntary organization


a national/international/local organization

a large/big/small organization »

In today's climate, large organizations are inevitably part of even bigger global networks.

join/work for an organization »

How long have you worked for the organization?

found/set up/launch an organization »

In 2006 North Dakota launched an organization which hosts an annual business plan competition and provides assistance to young entrepreneurs.

head/director/member of an organization »

She's executive director of an organization that promotes Fair Trade.

in/throughout/within an organization »

Reaching agreement within big organizations is not always easy.

[U] the activity of planning an event or activity: »

We specialize in the organization of corporate events.

careful/poor/bad organization »

According to the report, the firm's problems resulted from poor organization and bad management.

[U] the way in which something is arranged : »

The organization and structure of the department needs rethinking.

See also ECO(Cf. ↑ECO), EMPLOYERS' ORGANIZATION(Cf. ↑employers' organization), FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION(Cf. ↑functional organization), INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION(Cf. ↑International Labour Organization), NGO(Cf. ↑NGO), VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION(Cf. ↑virtual organization)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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