ar·​range·​ment | \ ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce arrangement (audio) \

Definition of arrangement

1a : the state of being arranged : order everything in neat arrangement
b : the act of arranging was responsible for the arrangement of the details
2 : something arranged: such as
a : a preliminary measure : preparation travel arrangements
b : a piece of music that has been changed so that it can be performed by particular types of voices or instruments
c : an informal agreement or settlement especially on personal, social, or political matters arrangements under the new regime
3 : something made by arranging parts or things together a floral arrangement

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Examples of arrangement in a Sentence

They changed the arrangement of furniture in the room. the collection and arrangement of data a chronological arrangement of historical events We tried several different arrangements of the parts. Having my brother and his wife living nearby was an ideal arrangement for our family. The family had very unusual living arrangements. “What were your sleeping arrangements?” “I slept on the bed while he slept on the floor.” We'll have to change the seating arrangements for the dinner party. Her job includes arrangement of her boss's travel plans. There was an unusual political arrangement between the two countries.
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Recent Examples on the Web But that arrangement has played out quite differently in each territory based on their contrasting colonial histories, making Hong Kong's financial success hard to replicate. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "‘Macau has been the good boy:’ Amid protests, China launches a long-shot campaign for a Hong Kong alternative," 20 Jan. 2020 Revis’ message: Sherman benefits from that arrangement and by playing a lot of zone coverage. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ Richard Sherman blasts Packers; claps back at Darrelle Revis," 19 Jan. 2020 That arrangement truly does seem to do wonders for many couples these days. oregonlive, "Dear Annie: I wish my friend wouldn’t tell everyone whenever we disagree," 18 Jan. 2020 At the test track, this arrangement recorded a 4.4-second blast to 60 mph and a 12.9-second quarter-mile at 107 mph. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Volvo Builds Us a Boss Wagon," 15 Jan. 2020 The depth chart could resemble that arrangement again in 2020, at least cosmetically. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Projecting Ohio State football’s 2020 offensive depth chart," 7 Jan. 2020 When this arrangement grew untenable, my mother devised a plan. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "The Equality Conundrum," 6 Jan. 2020 Chinese citizens benefit in two ways from this arrangement. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "A Chinese “tourist” accused of espionage is the latest example of a growing threat to US security," 5 Jan. 2020 This arrangement has delivered low inflation and currency stability to the 14 African countries that use one or other of the CFA francs. The Economist, "Making sense of west Africa’s new currency," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of arrangement

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arrangement

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French arengement, from arenger "to arrange" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of arrangement was in 1690

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Last Updated

28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arrangement.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of arrangement

: the way that things or people are organized for a particular purpose or activity : the way that things or people are arranged
: something that is done to prepare or plan for something in the future
: a usually informal agreement


ar·​range·​ment | \ ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce arrangement (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrangement

1 : the act of putting things in order : the order in which things are put the arrangement of furniture in a room
2 : something made by putting things together and organizing them a flower arrangement
3 : preparation or planning done in advance Have you made arrangements for the trip?
4 : a usually informal agreement a business arrangement
5 : a piece of music written or changed to suit particular voices or instruments

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