verb ar·range \ə-ˈrānj\

Definition of arrange




  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to make preparations for :  plan arranged a reception for the visitor

  4. 3a :  to adapt (a musical composition) by scoring for voices or instruments other than those for which originally writtenb :  orchestrate

  5. 4 :  to bring about an agreement or understanding concerning :  settle arrange an exchange of war prisoners

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to bring about an agreement or understanding She arranged to have a table at the restaurant.

  8. 2 :  to make preparations :  plan He arranged for a vacation with his family.


play \ə-ˈrān-jər\ noun

Examples of arrange in a sentence

  1. She arranged her pictures on her desk.

  2. He arranged some fresh fruit neatly on a plate.

  3. arranging flowers in a vase

  4. We arranged and rearranged the order several times.

  5. She arranged her hair on top of her head.

  6. Please arrange a meeting with your partners.

  7. I think we can arrange a deal.

  8. Let's arrange our schedules so that we can meet for lunch.

  9. You'll need to arrange transportation from the airport.

  10. He arranged her last two albums.

Origin and Etymology of arrange

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

First Known Use: 1601

Synonym Discussion of 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.

ARRANGE Defined for English Language Learners


verb ar·range \ə-ˈrānj\

Definition of arrange for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb ar·range \ə-ˈrānj\

Definition of arrange for Students




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

  2. 2 :  to make plans for arrange a meeting

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

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



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