arrange

verb
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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Other Words from arrange

arranger \ ə-​ˈrān-​jər How to pronounce arrange (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for arrange

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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 One train that carried more than 800 people has been stranded in Zhengzhou for more than 40 hours, prompting railway officials to arrange supplies of food and water for passengers, according to state broadcaster China Central Television. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 21 July 2021 That warning prompted Romney and his aides to arrange for additional security at the Capitol. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2021 Some migrants travel as clients of smuggling organizations from the beginning of their journeys, hiring guides who arrange for their travel to Mexico and all the way to the U.S. border and across it. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Donations for the sale can be dropped off at the Clague House Museum or call 216-848-0680 to arrange for a pickup. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 5 July 2021 In 2013, Stutzman refused to arrange wedding flowers for a pair of long-time customers -- Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed -- saying that doing so would violate her religious beliefs. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 2 July 2021 Anyone who's interested can simply comment on the post, then message the poster separately to arrange a time for pickup. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 July 2021 Making use of a self-driving car is going to be easier than having to arrange for finding a suitable human driver that is available to give you a lift. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The cow’s tale caught the attention of singer Diane Warren and activist Simone Reyes, who worked with Farm Sanctuary and Manning Beef to help arrange for her rescue, sanctuary officials said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021

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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 arengen "to draw up in ranks," borrowed from Anglo-French arenger (continental Old French arengier) "to draw up in ranks, put in proper order," from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + rengier, ranger "to set in ranks," derivative of renc, ranc "line of soldiers, jousting lists, line or rank of persons or things" — more at rank entry 1

Note: Though appearing once as Middle English arengen, and in early Scots, the verb arrange is very rare in English literature before the late eighteenth century and is in effect a reborrowing of modern French arranger (the regular outcome of Old French arengier), to which it owes its current meanings.

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The first known use of arrange was in 1601

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“Arrange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrange. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for arrange

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 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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