verb ar·range \ ə-ˈrānj \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of arrange

arranged; arranging
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
3 a : 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
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.


play \ə-ˈrān-jər\ noun

Examples of arrange in a Sentence

  1. She arranged her pictures on her desk.

  2. He arranged some fresh fruit neatly on a plate.

  3. arranging flowers in a vase

  4. We arranged and rearranged the order several times.

  5. She arranged her hair on top of her head.

  6. Please arrange a meeting with your partners.

  7. I think we can arrange a deal.

  8. Let's arrange our schedules so that we can meet for lunch.

  9. You'll need to arrange transportation from the airport.

  10. He arranged her last two albums.

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Origin and Etymology of arrange

Middle English arangen, from Middle French arenger, from a- + renger to set in ranks, from renc, ranc row — more at 1rank

Synonym Discussion of 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

ARRANGE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of arrange for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb ar·range \ ə-ˈrānj \

Definition of arrange for Students

arranged; arranging
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



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