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

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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 At the time of the trial, students said the former teacher arranged to be alone with them in his classroom at recess or after school and hugged, kissed and touched them inappropriately. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Adams 14 school district pays $5 million to former student sexually abused by fourth-grade teacher," 13 Nov. 2019 Rather, Oz advises perplexion—that we all be driven by our confusion to constantly examine and re-arrange our attic of ideas. Gal Koplewitz, The New Yorker, "Amos Oz and the Politics of the Hebrew Language," 12 Nov. 2019 Much of the area has been seen as lawless, with people arranging for their own security since the 2009 killing of an anti-crime activist. Fox News, "Mexico cartel ambush: American father whose relatives were killed says he's leaving the country," 11 Nov. 2019 Dixon used that money to purchase Johnson’s headstone and arrange Saturday’s ceremonies. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "Local soul legend Ernie 'Sweetwater' Johnson finally gets a headstone after almost 15 years," 10 Nov. 2019 Two: Peter Janz, who was the energetic first secretary of the East German Embassy in Washington during the 1980s and the point man for arranging interviews and journalist visas for me. John Fund, National Review, "The Berlin Wall Is Gone, but Its Lessons Remain," 10 Nov. 2019 His teenage dream became the foundation for his adult reality, as Jenner essentially arranged his whole life around surfing. Melissa Buote, Bon Appétit, "Where the Waves Are Fast and the Food Is Slow," 7 Nov. 2019 One bill would require background checks for almost all gun purchases, including private sales arranged at gun shows or online between individuals. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers called lawmakers in Thursday to act on guns. GOP leaders rejected it within seconds.," 7 Nov. 2019 Orchid, rose and carnation centerpieces arranged to mimic the flower festivals of Colombia rivaled the sprawl of vibrant gowns that filled MFAH's Cullinan Hall. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Colombia-inspired Latin American Experience Weekend raises $1.675 million for Museum of Fine Arts," 4 Nov. 2019

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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
How to pronounce arrange (audio)

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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