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 The arrangement allows the board to avoid a protracted, ballot-by-ballot review of challenges over the same issues. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin recount live: Dane County election officials reject initial attempts to throw out ballots," 20 Nov. 2020 Proposition 19’s complicated tax arrangement is another maneuver to squeeze relatively little incremental revenue from property taxpayers. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will Prop. 19 substantially increase home inventory in California?," 20 Nov. 2020 While the new arrangement has symphony members sitting further apart, the Houston Sympony shows us that live shows are still possible. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "With a little help from science, musicians at the Houston Symphony made their return to the stage," 19 Nov. 2020 The situation was corrected one day after WWL television brought the arrangement to the board’s attention. Mike Perlstein,, "'Disengaged:' New Orleans inspector general quit amid staff complaints, absenteeism," 19 Nov. 2020 PillPack will continue to operate its own site, an arrangement Amazon has used with prior acquisitions like footwear retailer Zappos. Matt Day,, "Amazon's Drugstore Isn't Revolutionizing Anything—for Now," 18 Nov. 2020 Cami and James actually come up with the arrangement for this song and Coach John Legend and team advisor Miguel are pleasantly surprised. Maggie Fremont,, "The Voice recap: And just like that, the Battles come to a close," 17 Nov. 2020 But the arrangement has yet to be finalized by the US government. Brian Fung And Sherisse Pham, CNN, "TikTok granted two more weeks to reach a deal for US business," 13 Nov. 2020 After listening to a copy of the cylinder, recording artist, scholar and expert banjo player Dom Flemons quickly identified the arrangement. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s evolution as a music powerhouse may have started earlier than we think," 12 Nov. 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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 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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