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 arranger (audio) \ 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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Sara had helped Tabatha arrange a bouquet and get dressed. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 Some Planned Parenthoods can also help arrange telemedicine services. SELF, "The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online," 8 Apr. 2019 The Vatican had asked Chilean survivor Juan Carlos Cruz, who last year helped open Francis’ eyes to the seriousness of the abuse scandal, to arrange the meeting. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability," 20 Feb. 2019 The Duke of York learned his lesson well and helped arrange the lengthy train of his daughter's dress before guiding her through St. George's Chapel. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Andrew Made Everyone Cry at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Reception," 15 Oct. 2018 District 207 has also agreed to pay the Teachers Retirement System, which helps arrange retirement pensions and benefits, $92,549 for Haugan’s employment between 1985 and 1987. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Retiring Maine West principal gets raise, $16K for unused vacation days, according to agreement," 7 July 2018 The Washington Post reported that a lobbyist had helped arrange Pruitt’s $100,000 trip to Morocco last December, only to later receive a $40,000-a-month contract to promote that country’s interests. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 6 July 2018 The Washington Post reported that a lobbyist had helped arrange Pruitt’s $100,000 trip last December to Morocco, only to later receive a $40,000-a-month contract to promote that country’s interests. Brady Dennis, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 5 July 2018 Professional models in photographs typically receive a flat fee for their appearance, and some celebrities arrange photographs of special events—like their weddings or first pictures of babies—and receive payment, sometimes including royalties. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Melania Trump Got Paid by the News Media's Licensing of Trump Family Photos," 2 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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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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