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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Brush the biscuits with buttermilk and arrange them on the rhubarb, leaving space between them., "Recipe: Spring is here when rhubarb is in the market and you can bake a cobbler with buttermilk biscuits," 27 Apr. 2021 Would Rohan be a dear and arrange the purchase for her? Tori Telfer,, "The Sordid Tale Of The Woman Who Scammed Marie-Antoinette," 24 Feb. 2021 This way, standouts will still be able to arrange in-person visits with coaches who are actively recruiting them. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, "Joshua White, 2022 DE, looks forward to committing in April if the dead period isn’t dropped: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 3 Feb. 2021 The speech came after McConnell repeatedly blocked efforts by Democrats to arrange a stand-alone vote on the proposal to increase forthcoming relief from $600 to $2,000—one that has already passed the House of Representatives. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "$2000 checks are ‘socialism for rich people’ says McConnell, killing hope of extra stimulus," 31 Dec. 2020 Examples of this abound in nature, specifically in phyllotaxis, or the study of how leaves, branches, flowers, or seeds arrange themselves. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This TikTok Genius Will Guess Your Exact Height Using Math," 21 Dec. 2020 These employees would connect a woman with Petersen, who would send money and arrange for the woman to get a passport and fly to the U.S. Jessica Boehm, USA TODAY, "'A baby-selling enterprise': Former Arizona elected official sentenced to 6-plus years in adoption scheme," 2 Dec. 2020 These employees would connect a woman with Petersen, who would send money and arrange for the woman to get a passport and fly to the U.S. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "'A baby-selling enterprise': Federal judge sentences Paul Petersen to 6-plus years in adoption scheme," 2 Dec. 2020 The head of the department's Internal Affairs then contacted BCA agent James Reyerson, who oversaw the agency's investigation of Floyd's death, to arrange the device's retrieval, according to the report. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Disappearance, recovery of Derek Chauvin's Taser remain a mystery," 16 Apr. 2021

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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 arengen "to draw up in ranks," borrowed from Anglo-French arenger (continental Old French arengier) "to draw up in ranks, put in proper order," from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + rengier, ranger "to set in ranks," derivative of renc, ranc "line of soldiers, jousting lists, line or rank of persons or things" — more at rank entry 1

Note: Though appearing once as Middle English arengen, and in early Scots, the verb arrange is very rare in English literature before the late eighteenth century and is in effect a reborrowing of modern French arranger (the regular outcome of Old French arengier), to which it owes its current meanings.

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The first known use of arrange was in 1601

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“Arrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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

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