arrange

verb
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

Synonyms

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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The teenager who arranged for someone else to phone in a prank police call that resulted in a man's death is going to prison. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Instigator of fatal Kansas swatting receives prison sentence," 17 Sep. 2019 See rose exhibits, a flower arranging demonstration, kids’ crafts, and succulent gardening displays, Raptors from RAPTORS Inc. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Sept. 16-22," 16 Sep. 2019 Also testing conventional notions of how to make and exhibit paintings is Chris Hornsby, whose four paintings on display consist of multiple small rectangular canvases arranged in tight grids on the gallery wall. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Road to the Arts events paved with fascination," 13 Sep. 2019 There’s freshness, variety and color to these dishes, many of them attractively arranged on rectangular white plates. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Lbar in Hartford Marriott a welcome place to be, with unexpectedly good food," 10 Sep. 2019 The new phone features three cameras, arranged in a triangle shape, on the rear of the device. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at today’s September event," 10 Sep. 2019 According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), a division of the National Institutes of Health, granuloma annulare (GA) is skin disorder that causes a rash with red bumps arranged in a circular pattern. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi Reveals Rare Skin Condition in Nude Photo Shoot," 6 Sep. 2019 To distinguish among species, parasitologists usually look at the way pores are arranged on the bottom of a leech. oregonlive, "New species of bloodsucking leech with 3 jaws, 59 teeth found in Maryland," 2 Sep. 2019 Below deck, glass bottles sit upright in storage rooms, and stacks of intact ceramic plates are neatly arranged on shelves. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror," 30 Aug. 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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arrange

verb

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)

arrange

verb
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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