rearrange

verb re·ar·range \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of rearrange

rearranged; rearranging
: to arrange (something or someone) again in a different way
  • rearranged the flowers on the table
  • rearrange the furniture
  • I rearranged my hair/clothes/glasses.
  • … anagrams, which are words or phrases rearranged to form different words or phrases.
  • —Carolyn Phelan
  • … massaging his knees while he talks, frequently rearranging himself into a more comfortable position.
  • —Daniel Ross
  • Sarah is more or less grimacing now …. In a minute, she'll rearrange her face to look cheerful.
  • —Aurelie Sheehan
  • rearranging their lives … to go back to school, to get the education that was denied them or that they did not want when they were young.
  • —Ruth Dorgan
  • … thousands of people had to cancel or rearrange their travel plans.
  • —Ken Young

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First Known Use of rearrange

1778

in the meaning defined above

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REARRANGE Defined for Kids

rearrange

verb re·ar·range \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj \

Definition of rearrange for Students

rearranged; rearranging
: to arrange again usually in a different way


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