pre·​ar·​range ˌprē-ə-ˈrānj How to pronounce prearrange (audio)
variants or pre-arrange
prearranged or pre-arranged; prearranging or pre-arranging

transitive verb

: to arrange (something) in advance
prearrange travel plans
prearrangement noun
or pre-arrangement
plural prearrangements or pre-arrangements
made prearrangements for transportation
received visitors only by prearrangement

Examples of prearrange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vaults are used to protect coffins going underground and are sold to those who want to prearrange their funeral. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 The stacks of burial vaults seen in the video are for those who prearranged their funerals before their death, meaning they're paid for but not yet being used, according to Lacey. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 Unlike those sessions, prearranged by Ukrainian officials in Western Ukraine, this meeting was hastily organized at the front within hours of the men being taken into custody in the combat zone. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023 But keep in mind, the whole purpose of prearranging one’s funeral is to lessen the burden on those left behind. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022 Scott says that about 50% of its clients now prearrange their funerals. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prearrange was in 1790

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“Prearrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to arrange beforehand

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