re·​ar·​range | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj How to pronounce rearrange (audio) \
rearranged; rearranging

Definition of rearrange

transitive verb

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Next the envelope protein twists and rearranges itself so that the outer membranes of the virus and the immune cell fuse together. Scientific American, "20 Years in the Making: A New Approach to a Vaccine against HIV," 12 May 2020 Once things were a-go, legally speaking, Danielle and Ashwin started planning their wedding for the second time, first rearranging their furniture to see how things would look. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "When Coronavirus Crashed Their Weddings, These Couples Held Virtual Ceremonies Instead — Here's What It Was Really Like," 3 May 2020 Your use of music in your films is so beautiful, like how Annihilation starts with that one simple song and then breaks it down and rearranges it in parallel to the effects of the Shimmer. Christian Holub,, "Alex Garland talks quantum physics, mortality, and Devs," 16 Apr. 2020 Be patient with the teachers who are trying to rearrange their lives and teaching style on the fly. Claire Gillespie, TheWeek, "A guide to 'good enough' homeschooling," 7 Apr. 2020 So far, 19 states have reported over 200 cases of the virus, and there have been 11 deaths in the U.S. The disease has caused businesses to rearrange plans. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Economy defied early coronavirus fears in February with 273,000 new jobs, unemployment ticked down to 3.5%," 6 Mar. 2020 Some competitive leagues, such as the Overwatch League, have had to rearrange their schedules due to the crisis. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC plans, citing coronavirus concerns," 20 Feb. 2020 Applying pressure to these materials can subtly alter the position of atoms, enough to rearrange the charges and produce an electric voltage. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Transparent, power-producing crystals could lead to invisible robots, self-powered touch screens," 15 Jan. 2020 Entrees arrived at the table before appetizer plates were cleared (a big pet peeve of mine; me and my dining mate had to quickly rearrange things to create space). Michael Mayo,, "Review: International Smoke in Aventura is a big-name, big-time disappointment," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rearrange

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rearrange was in 1778

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22 May 2020

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“Rearrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rearrange

: to change the position or order of (things)
: to change the position or order of the things in (something)
: to change the time or location of (something)


re·​ar·​range | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj \
rearranged; rearranging

Kids Definition of rearrange

: to arrange again usually in a different way

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