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

Examples of rearrange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Training for a marathon can feel like it’s taking over your daily life, often requiring you to rearrange your schedule and prioritize training over other activities. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2022 All of the furniture and supplies were child-sized so that the pupils could easily move about and rearrange the room. Barbara Spindel, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Once under way, no one wants to stop and rearrange an poor-fitting helmet. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 The metals caused carbon bonds in molecules to break apart and then rearrange themselves in different ways, creating new chemical bonds. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 The metals caused carbon bonds in molecules to break apart and then rearrange themselves in different ways, creating new chemical bonds. Matt Schudel,, 26 Dec. 2021 When one page was done, the printer could rearrange the letters and print something else, making books quicker and cheaper to produce, and more legible. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2022 The coronavirus forced the MLB to delay, truncate and rearrange its 2020 season, likely denting fans’ enthusiasm and causing World Series ratings to dip. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Kent, who estimates the group spent a minimum of $20,000 dealing with all this, scrambled to rearrange the tour schedule so everyone could be in London that morning as opposed to Ireland. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rearrange

1778, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2022

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“Rearrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for rearrange


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

Kids Definition of rearrange

: to arrange again usually in a different way


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