ar·​range | \ə-ˈrānj \
arranged; arranging

Definition of arrange 

transitive verb

1 : to put into a proper order or into a correct or suitable sequence, relationship, or adjustment arrange flowers in a vase arrange cards alphabetically

2 : to make preparations for : plan arranged a reception for the visitor

3a : to adapt (a musical composition) by scoring for voices or instruments other than those for which originally written

b : orchestrate

4 : to bring about an agreement or understanding concerning : settle arrange an exchange of war prisoners

intransitive verb

1 : to bring about an agreement or understanding She arranged to have a table at the restaurant.

2 : to make preparations : plan He arranged for a vacation with his family.

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Other Words from arrange

arranger \ ə-​ˈrān-​jər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for arrange

order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion. ordered her business affairs arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment. arranged the files numerically marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use. marshaling the facts for argument organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function. organized the volunteers into teams systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme. systematized billing procedures methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme. methodizes every aspect of daily living

Examples of arrange in a Sentence

She arranged her pictures on her desk. He arranged some fresh fruit neatly on a plate. arranging flowers in a vase We arranged and rearranged the order several times. She arranged her hair on top of her head. Please arrange a meeting with your partners. I think we can arrange a deal. Let's arrange our schedules so that we can meet for lunch. You'll need to arrange transportation from the airport. He arranged her last two albums.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The house is built from four shipping containers that are arranged at various angles on a steel frame. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Airy shipping container house is rich in glass and greenery," 1 Nov. 2018 As the visit was arranged before Eugenie set a date for her wedding, the Duchess of Cornwall doesn't want to let down the children who have been waiting to meet her. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Is Skipping Princess Eugenie's Wedding for a Surprising Reason," 7 Oct. 2018 The most striking thing from our try-and-fail-and-try-again session was how carefully IO Interactive has arranged and sequenced each possible path so that cheesing the game with quick, unrealistic tactics simply won't work. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 The party car is similarly arranged, except its center has a champagne cooler and glass rack and the glass roof is lit up with sparkly lights. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 To serve, slice lamb into 1/8-inch slices and arrange on a platter. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "This hefty steak is light enough for August," 20 Aug. 2018 Roll Oreo mixture into 1-inch balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Abigail Wilt, ajc, "3 no-bake cookie recipes you'll love," 10 July 2018 The preserved open green space and secluded villages are arranged along ridges with unique architectural themes, and offer access to trails, lakes and community gardens. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Be Ready for Big Wows and Amazing Innovations at this Year’s Homearama," 10 July 2018 On Friday, the Israeli embassy in Guatemala was arranging to fly the husband’s body back to Israel for burial, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told the Times of Israel. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of arrange

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for arrange

Middle English arangen, from Middle French arenger, from a- + renger to set in ranks, from renc, ranc row — more at rank entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of arrange

: to move and organize (things) into a particular order or position

: to give a particular order or position to the parts of (something)

: to organize the details of something before it happens : to plan (something)


ar·​range | \ə-ˈrānj \
arranged; arranging

Kids Definition of arrange

1 : to put in order and especially a particular order The books were arranged by subject.

2 : to make plans for arrange a meeting

3 : to come to an agreement about : settle arrange a truce

4 : to write or change (a piece of music) to suit particular voices or instruments

Other Words from arrange

arranger noun

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