ar·​range | \ ə-ˈrānj How to pronounce arrange (audio) \
arranged; arranging

Definition of arrange

transitive verb

1 : to put into a proper order or into a correct or suitable sequence, relationship, or adjustment arrange flowers in a vase arrange cards alphabetically
2 : to make preparations for : plan arranged a reception for the visitor
3a : to adapt (a musical composition) by scoring for voices or instruments other than those for which originally written
4 : to bring about an agreement or understanding concerning : settle arrange an exchange of war prisoners

intransitive verb

1 : to bring about an agreement or understanding She arranged to have a table at the restaurant.
2 : to make preparations : plan He arranged for a vacation with his family.

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Other Words from arrange

arranger \ ə-​ˈrān-​jər How to pronounce arranger (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for arrange


agree (on), decide, fix, set, settle

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order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion. ordered her business affairs arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment. arranged the files numerically marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use. marshaling the facts for argument organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function. organized the volunteers into teams systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme. systematized billing procedures methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme. methodizes every aspect of daily living

Examples of arrange in a Sentence

She arranged her pictures on her desk. He arranged some fresh fruit neatly on a plate. arranging flowers in a vase We arranged and rearranged the order several times. She arranged her hair on top of her head. Please arrange a meeting with your partners. I think we can arrange a deal. Let's arrange our schedules so that we can meet for lunch. You'll need to arrange transportation from the airport. He arranged her last two albums.
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Seven Brazilian women in their 20s and 30s were rescued from brothels after police raids last month, and five people were arrested on suspicion of arranging prostitution and trafficking women. Jake Kwon And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "They wanted to be K-pop stars. Instead, these Brazilian women were forced into prostitution, police say," 4 Sep. 2019 At the time of being contacted for this phone interview, Samples was in the process of arranging to meet a contractor at the former UG White/Crossroads location. Matt Wake, al, "Lease for new downtown Huntsville music venue cancelled," 30 Aug. 2019 In February, the district attorney’s office dropped charges against three deputies accused of arranging gladiator-style battles between inmates after learning that the Sheriff’s Department mishandled the internal investigation. Dominic Fracassa,, "Amid a cloud of misconduct cases, SF Sheriff’s Department invites outside oversight," 12 Aug. 2019 The retailer previously talked with lenders including Wells Fargo about arranging a bankruptcy loan. Fortune, "Barneys is Talking With Another Lender for Chapter 11 Turnaround," 5 Aug. 2019 Guillen was booked into Santa Clara County jail on felony charges of arranging to meet a minor for lewd purposes, meeting with a minor to commit a lewd act, sending harmful matter to a minor and possession of child pornography, according to Garcia. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Man allegedly arranged to meet boy for sex act," 30 July 2019 By arranging their trips around the children’s school breaks and holidays, the Spenuzzas were able to travel as a family almost four months a year. Aliese Muhonen, Daily Pilot, "International Latino Book Award finalist writes a travel memoir spanning 50 years and 125 countries," 24 July 2019 For a parent working multiple jobs, a day in a courtroom can pose a host of challenges – from missing pay to arranging for childcare. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Jail parents over skipping school? Some 2020 Democrats threatened it," 17 July 2019 With Epstein’s indictment, people began to re-scrutinize the role Acosta, who was formerly US attorney for Miami, played in arranging a 2008 sweetheart deal for Epstein when he was convicted of similar crimes in Florida. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: “I’m with him”," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of arrange

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for arrange

Middle English arangen, from Middle French arenger, from a- + renger to set in ranks, from renc, ranc row — more at rank entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of arrange

: to move and organize (things) into a particular order or position
: to give a particular order or position to the parts of (something)
: to organize the details of something before it happens : to plan (something)


ar·​range | \ ə-ˈrānj How to pronounce arrange (audio) \
arranged; arranging

Kids Definition of arrange

1 : to put in order and especially a particular order The books were arranged by subject.
2 : to make plans for arrange a meeting
3 : to come to an agreement about : settle arrange a truce
4 : to write or change (a piece of music) to suit particular voices or instruments

Other Words from arrange

arranger noun

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