ar·​range·​ment | \ə-ˈrānj-mənt \

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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Other arrangements, as well as original compositions, will be provided by Grammy Award-winner Eric Whitacre. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018 Experts say, however, that sediment will begin accumulating again when the project is complete, and no arrangements have been made for routine maintenance dredging. Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle, "Contract awarded for San Jacinto River dredging," 9 July 2018 And his America First reservations about multilateral arrangements, from the G7 to the WTO, NAFTA and NATO, run deep. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 She was offered the option to remain in custody while transfer arrangements were made for her son, but declined, the ICE statement said. Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 Up to eight people can ride in a QX80, although our tester came with the optional seven-passenger seating arrangement, which is available with no extra charge. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Funeral arrangements are being handled by Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit minister and community leader Greg Roberts dies at 67," 29 June 2018 Funeral arrangements have been made for a prominent Cartersville attorney who was shot and killed by the ex-husband of one of his clients. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office," 22 June 2018 The companies made sure to note that no equity or ownership arrangements would be made. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Why Volkswagen and Ford are Teaming Up," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of arrangement

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arrangement

see arrange

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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 \

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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