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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His contract with Reebok runs through 2021 and his agent is working to see if an arrangement can be made for the sportswear company to continue supporting him despite his career being cut short. Chris Chavez,, "Jamaican Distance Runner Kemoy Campbell Retires, Opens Up About Terrifying Collapse," 6 Sep. 2019 The chefs at Lazy Bear are more transparent about the work behind their halibut bouillon, which was poured tableside over an arrangement of winter purslane leaves and other wild greens during a May dinner. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 Introduce a big piece such as a large lighting fixture or an oversized floral arrangement. Sophia Vassiliou, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Back to school marks unofficial beginning of fall," 24 Aug. 2019 For years, this work was known as a concerto for Three Harpsichords, but scholars believe that the triple harpsichord concerto was an arrangement of a triple violin concerto. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Old and new successfully commingle as SummerFest comes to a happy end," 24 Aug. 2019 This is an arrangement where colleges provide students with discounted digital access to course content on the first day of class by billing the student. Amie Freeman, The Conversation, "Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered," 23 Aug. 2019 Under such an arrangement, business holdings are placed under the control of an independent manager, shielding the public official from at least the appearance of a conflict. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor," 21 Aug. 2019 Lebanon did not have such an arrangement with the city before the rally. Max Londberg,, "After last area Trump rally, host city billed him for police costs. Trump still hasn't paid," 1 Aug. 2019 Auburn believes that Person intended to utilize this long-standing trust and familial, financial reliance as leverage to push Wiley – and particularly his mother – into an impermissible arrangement with Person’s co-conspirators. Sam Blum |,, "Auburn expects basketball program to receive Notice of Allegations from NCAA," 18 July 2019

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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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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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