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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In 1985, Gerhard Frey pointed out that a, b and c could be rearranged into (B) a new equation, called an elliptic curve, with properties that were universally expected to be impossible. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced," 3 June 2019 After a single two-day bath in a widely available ion channel drug, the tadpoles rearranged themselves and grew as normal. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Once night falls, the seating area can be rearranged to create a full-size bed. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "You Can Basically Own a Pop-Up Barbie Camper IRL," 31 Oct. 2018 Opposition politicians think the only way forward is an early election that could rearrange Parliament and break its current political deadlock. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "May explores idea of bringing Brexit deal back for 4th vote," 30 Mar. 2019 With a super-sized wave, bigger than observers now predict, the fallout can be enormous because gerrymandering only rearranges district lines and cannot manufacture more votes for a party. Li Zhou, Vox, "“A blue flood, more than just a wave”: 8 experts on midterm elections after the Ohio special election," 10 Aug. 2018 The floor-to-ceiling rock wall reaches eight-and-a-half feet tall, and the climbing holds can be rearranged to increase or decrease the difficulty level. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Now You'll Understand Why Every House Needs a Rock-Climbing Wall," 17 May 2019 The movement to slice up the state of California is reeling from internal clashes over what’s the best way to rearrange the state. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Californians divided on whether, how to ... divide," 22 June 2018 Vivaldi’s latest iteration of its eponymous web browser has added even more drag-and-drop flexibility, allowing you to rearrange tabs and icons (mostly) to your heart’s content. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of rearrange

1778, in the meaning defined above

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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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