ar·​range | \ ə-ˈrānj How to pronounce arrange (audio) \
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
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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arranger \ ə-​ˈrān-​jər How to pronounce arranger (audio) \ noun

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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 Words are arranged on the page with the same variety as accents and personality traits. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Headlong City Symphony," 24 Jan. 2020 In 1906 he was awarded a Nobel prize for this work, which gave the world its first glimpse into the structure of these neurons, and an inkling of how they are arranged in an animal’s central nervous system. The Economist, "Neuroscience The biggest, most detailed map yet made of brain cells," 23 Jan. 2020 The notes are arranged in a four-square grid, with items that are more important on the left, and items that are more timely on the top. Adam Vaccaro,, "She wants you to feel better about biking and walking in Boston," 21 Jan. 2020 So the organs were salvaged, but the organ bundles and the textiles in the skull were arranged both to give Tamut a full-figured look and to disguise disfigurations that occurred during embalming. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 Financing for the indie was arranged by Paul Grindey’s Viewfinder and Embankment Films. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins Starrer 'The Father '," 17 Jan. 2020 The mentorship, which was arranged through a partnership with The Wing and Land Rover, gave He and Faulhaber valuable perspective on how to enhance company culture and get comfortable with delegating as ADAY continues to scale. Hilary George-parkin, Marie Claire, "ADAY’s Co-founders on Learning to Spend Money to Make Money," 15 Jan. 2020 The fine fibers within the bone tissue were arranged in all different directions, rather than neatly layered, similar to the fast-growing bones found in present-day juvenile animals. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "T. rex teens looked wildly different than the adults we’re familiar with," 3 Jan. 2020 Formal agreements were arranged, and, in the decade that followed, exchanges between North and South became fairly regular. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "“It’s a Worldwide Problem”: How North American and Australian Firefighters Work Together," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of arrange was in 1601

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“Arrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce arrange (audio) \
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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