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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Other Words from arrange

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 gamepad also features a slightly different layout, with the four main face buttons arranged in a square, as opposed to a cross, and a new darker color scheme. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Nintendo’s NES Classic is getting a new wireless controller in time for its relaunch," 29 June 2018 But in addition to those hours, individual tours can be arranged at other times. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How a $5, spur-of-the-moment purchase of a Civil War-era musket led to a local history museum," 20 June 2018 Parking will be available at the cemetery, and overflow has been arranged with the Batavia VFW Post, located just north of River Hills, with a shuttle bus providing transportation from 1 to 4 p.m. to and from the cemetery. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Memorial Day weekend filled with activities in Fox Valley," 24 May 2018 Longtime Ramonans Bill Howells and Wayne Jorde were among 82 veterans who joined in one of these trips to Washington, D.C., arranged by Honor Flight Network. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Veterans return from Honor Flight trip," 16 May 2018 Because some books were no longer checked out in the Children's Library, the collections team had to decide what stayed and what went, as well as how the materials should be arranged in the space. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "STEM Middle School students design 'Tween Space' for Akron-Summit County Public Library (photos)," 11 May 2018 According to reports in the New York Times and the Washington Post, Richard Smotkin, a former Comcast lobbyist who has known Pruitt for many years, arranged portions of the EPA chief’s costly trip to Morocco in December. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "EPA Chief Scott ‘All Gold Everything’ Pruitt Is Living His Best Life With Taxpayers’ Money; Morocco Trip Under Scrutiny," 2 May 2018 The cake was adorned with candy crystals made from scratch, arranged in a geode formation. Mary Colurso,, "Auburn chef bakes his way to final 3 on Food Network reality show," 1 May 2018 Polkow arranges many of the musical numbers the three perform on their eclectic group of instruments. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Zion concert is part of New Odyssey's final year of concerts," 12 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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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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