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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Kyle had arranged a surprise party with 50 of their closest friends and family to celebrate. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 Aipac arranges its trips to Israel through the American Israel Education Foundation, which has spent $16 million on visits by more than 1,400 lawmakers and their staff since 2000, according to congressional travel records. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Pro-Israel Group Lobbies for U.S. Aid, Funds Congressional Trips," 14 Feb. 2019 Their new design for an electric motor arranges the magnets around the whole wheel hub by standing them on end, like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 The organizers suggested a private room could be arranged instead. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 Before she was born (in St. Petersburg, Florida), it was arranged that she would be adopted at birth. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 Tours of the property lead by the art master himself can be arranged ahead of time through email. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Lodging and local transportation will be arranged and covered for all guests at the Amnagiri in Canyon Point, Utah. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Proposal Under a Supermoon in Switzerland Led to a Wedding Celebration in the Utah Desert," 3 Jan. 2019 The store is arranged in a way that feels special, too. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Jung Lee's New York Store Is Filled With Unique Home Decor Finds," 1 Jan. 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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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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