re·ar·range | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj \
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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Having a career that dates back nearly 40 years, Bailey works to keep things current by rearranging some of his old songs to sound new. Trevor Fraser,, "Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey goes around the world and beyond," 1 July 2018 For example, the internal structure of galaxies at small scales will be different if dark matter's interactions with itself rearrange matter at galactic centers. Lisa Randall, Scientific American, "What Is Dark Matter?," 8 May 2018 The clubs that were affected will have their league games rearranged for later dates, but the Premier League are yet to announce many of these matches., "Rearranged Premier League Fixture Issues Enrage Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham Fans on Twitter," 22 Mar. 2018 Due to this design, the Arc Light wall fixture's bulbs can be removed and rearranged while the thing's on. Rollin Bishop, Popular Mechanics, "This Righteous Lamp Wirelessly Lights Bulbs Like Magic," 3 Aug. 2015 Investors have forsaken active money managers in favor of low-cost passive investments, so when major market benchmarks rearrange their lineups, those changes reverberate throughout the stock market. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Why $39 Billion of Stocks Traded in One Second on Friday," 24 June 2018 Each of the libraries also has magnetic panels with large letters that kids can rearrange to spell words and make sentences. Katherine Nails,, "Philly library initiative encourages kids to run, climb and scale walls," 21 June 2018 But there is something pleasing in the way the letters in a word can be rearranged, and the word itself transformed into something else entirely. New York Times, "In a Newbery Medalist’s Latest Novel, Friends Find Solace in Words," 24 May 2018 To keep things fresh, the furniture can be rearranged, and the pillows can easily be swapped out to bring in new colors and textures throughout the season. Detroit Free Press, "It’s all in the details: Get the outdoors ready for Memorial Day," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of rearrange

1778, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of rearrange

: to arrange again usually in a different way

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