arrange

verb
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
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

Synonyms for arrange

Synonyms

agree (on), decide, fix, set, settle

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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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The morning of the meeting, Moos arranged his suite. Jon Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Behind the scenes: How WSU and Bill Moos lured Mike Leach out of Key West," 5 Feb. 2019 Two fuzzy chairs face a fireplace, next to which there’s an overflowing (but artfully arranged) container of firewood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 For her part, Maxwell artfully arranged her blonde lengths into a messy fishtail braid, which was swung to one side and accented by light pink makeup hues, from her rosy blush to a glossy wet lip. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Irina Shayk and Stella Maxwell Do Holiday BFF Beauty Like True Supermodels," 13 Dec. 2018 The researchers arranged a set of electrodes to recreate that electric field. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Estée Lauder allegedly arranged for a lawyer for him and no charges were filed. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "What the latest report on skin care company Deciem reveals about its troubled founder," 3 Dec. 2018 Members of the Native American community arranged a rally on November 7 to show solidarity with the two students. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 Most of the motors in electric and hybrid cars arrange their magnets in a V-shape around the wheel hub. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 The two arranged to meet up for a songwriting session. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Kacey Musgraves's Marriage to Husband Ruston Kelly Inspired Her Album 'Golden Hour'," 13 Nov. 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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The first known use of arrange was in 1601

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arrange

verb

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)

arrange

verb
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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