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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arranger \ ə-​ˈrān-​jər How to pronounce arranger (audio) \ noun

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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 Event coordinators who arrange meetings, conferences, trade shows and other events have seen job openings disappear as businesses conduct video meetings online during the crisis. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "These 10 jobs could disappear or decline because of COVID-19," 19 Nov. 2020 The Chinese government issued debt at a negative interest rate for the first time on Wednesdayin a bond sale that attracted significant investor interest, according to Deutsche Bank (DB), one of the banks that helped arrange the transaction. Hanna Ziady And Michelle Toh, CNN, "China borrows at negative interest rates for the first time," 19 Nov. 2020 For those who aren’t joining you, be sure to reach out — arrange a video call (maybe not during the actual meal) or pick up the phone. Washington Post, "How to host a smaller Thanksgiving while still enjoying your favorite holiday flavors," 14 Nov. 2020 Spread the broccoli on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes, toss to coat and arrange in a single layer. Jessica Battilana,, "Out of inspiration? Cheater’s mac & cheese adds roasted broccoli," 13 Nov. 2020 In March, the company sought to set up a new entity called Cred Capital that would help arrange bond offerings and oversee crypto asset management. Josh Saul,, "Busted Hedges, Alleged Fraud Bankrupt Crypto Firm Cred Inc.," 9 Nov. 2020 Coach Kevin Stefanski initially said the team might arrange alternate travel plans for Beckham, who was sent home Thursday with an illness. cleveland, "Odell Beckham Jr.'s 2nd COVID-19 test came back negative; he’s cleared to face Steelers," 17 Oct. 2020 The commission will now have to arrange six closed-session meetings for interviews, followed by the two public forums. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's 6 police chief candidates will be interviewed privately by Fire and Police Commission," 13 Oct. 2020 Mexican newspaper, The Excelsior, reported suspicions that Mencho blamed Almada for leaking information that led to the extradition of Mencho's son — prompting the cartel to allegedly arrange Almada's death. Beth Warren And Karol Suarez, The Courier-Journal, "Key cartel witness found dead before drug agents could fly him to U.S.," 9 Oct. 2020

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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 arengen "to draw up in ranks," borrowed from Anglo-French arenger (continental Old French arengier) "to draw up in ranks, put in proper order," from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + rengier, ranger "to set in ranks," derivative of renc, ranc "line of soldiers, jousting lists, line or rank of persons or things" — more at rank entry 1

Note: Though appearing once as Middle English arengen, and in early Scots, the verb arrange is very rare in English literature before the late eighteenth century and is in effect a reborrowing of modern French arranger (the regular outcome of Old French arengier), to which it owes its current meanings.

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“Arrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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)


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

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arranger noun

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