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

b : orchestrate

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 \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 show arranges itself like a comedy club lineup: Each comic gets 15 minutes on stage, and there are only eight comedians. Rebecca Farley,, "Your Handy Guide To Netflix's Newest Most Bingeable Show," 3 July 2018 To measure the detonation velocity and pressure directly, Chavez says, the chemists make cylinders of the material and arrange them on a small steel block. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "So Long TNT, There's a New Explosive in Town," 2 July 2018 This kind of request is not unusual: their concierge is accustomed to arranging helicopter tours, yachting excursions, yoga and pilates lessons, archeological visits, and mezze crawls—pretty much anything that’s legal. Laura Itzkowitz, GQ, "Skip Santorini and Head to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead," 14 June 2018 Prosecutors allege Pam bilked the estates of most of the proceeds from the sale of the Sanford Street home by arranging a sham transaction in which his then-girlfriend, Jasmin Deangelo, purportedly purchased the property for $140,000 in April 2015. Laura Crimaldi,, "Pam family members go on trial for allegedly scamming elderly siblings out of Mattapan home," 13 July 2018 Kharkiv has contracted with a subsidiary of Giuliani's consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, to help set up a new office of emergency management there, according to Giuliani and others involved in arranging the deal., "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 Church representatives were also in Delaware on Sunday speaking with Ballocanag, helping her with the complex task of arranging services that will end with five burials. CBS News, "New details emerge after N.J. mom survives crash that killed husband, 4 daughters," 9 July 2018 Queefs are edited out, and the scene is pre-arranged. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Yes, Your Gang Bang Fantasy Is Normal," 9 July 2018 Accordingly, Sam and Bash try to circumvent her by arranging meetings when Debbie, who has recently become a single mother, must return home to fulfill various maternal duties. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "In GLOW, Who Gets To Be Empowered?," 28 June 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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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 \
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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