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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Early in the trial, a Bridgeport judge called a special hearing to stress to the two men that the arrangement could pose a conflict of interest. Matthew Ormseth,, "Former Employee Of Groton Defense Contractor Requests New Trial After Conviction For Stealing Navy Secrets," 12 July 2018 On current plans, the arrangement would end in December 2020 but there are growing calls to extend the deadline -- to the dismay of hardline Brexit backers who say Britain is in danger of being tied to the EU indefinitely. Andrew Atkinson,, "Pressure Grows on May Before Key Brexit Gathering," 1 July 2018 In reality, whatever is usually announced by James Levian and Steve Kaplan tends to be an arrangement of fancy terms that don't actually reveal anything explicitly., "Graham Potter's Swansea Revolution: Club's Latest Statement is a Massive Step in the Right Direction," 30 June 2018 Rhythm An arrangement of tones of different durations and stresses. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 Stewart claimed without evidence that his opponent is deeply involved in an arrangement that involved an FBI informant meeting with members of the Trump campaign who had contact with Russians. Li Zhou, Vox, "Corey Stewart makes bizarre claim about Tim Kaine and “Spygate”," 14 June 2018 But this arrangement had always been profoundly irritating to the party in power, particularly given the political polarization of recent decades. CBS News, "Nuclear option: Why Trump's Supreme Court pick needs only 51 votes," 9 July 2018 Funeral arrangements were incomplete as of Friday afternoon. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Per family, former Louisville basketball star Clifford Rozier dies," 6 July 2018 As noted, a primary goal with having this arrangement of APs was to push a usable 5GHz Wi-Fi signal to every room in the house, because the 2.4GHz spectrum is increasingly crowded and frustrating to deal with. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of arrangement

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arrangement

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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