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 When Briggs initially accepted the case pro bono, the arrangement was supposed to be temporary. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Life after Ghost Ship," 7 Feb. 2020 Ethicists and advocates have debated the merits and the design of the unusual arrangement. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "A lottery like no other offers up a cutting-edge medicine — with lives on the line," 7 Feb. 2020 In addition to the stipend, all families must provide food and housing, contribute $500 annually toward the au pair's academic work, and typically pay a fee to an agency to facilitate the arrangement. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Why child care costs have skyrocketed by 150% for some Massachusetts families," 4 Feb. 2020 These include cooperation on security and civil nuclear power, as well as the institutional arrangements to manage their relationship. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Clock Begins Ticking on Key Brexit Goals," 31 Jan. 2020 Their enrollment – or confinement, depending on the arrangement or their perspective – can prevent these relatively privileged kids from joining the 48,000 youth caught in the U.S. juvenile justice system. Heather E. Mooney, The Conversation, "Why it’s unclear whether private programs for ‘troubled teens’ are working," 27 Jan. 2020 Spectrum took up a new partnership with Ring and Abode, which means users who bought into the original program will reportedly be unable to use their gear in the new arrangement, thanks to firmware that’s incompatible with other ecosystems. Popular Science, "Sonos just reminded everyone that every smart gadget has an expiration date," 24 Jan. 2020 From the floral arrangements on the tables to the dreamcatcher decorations hanging in the shrubs (a pretty amazing backdrop for photos!), the decor was totally to the nines. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead's Baby Shower Had a Plant-a-Succlent Station," 24 Jan. 2020 The arrangement seemed more than fair to Troy Bowers and his wife Bobbi. CBS News, "Nebraska doctor lets patients pay for surgery by volunteering: "We want to be able to offer hope"," 23 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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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 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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