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 Clemson winning would only rearrange the order of the current top four, with the Irish likely sliding to fourth and Ohio State climbing into third. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from fourth College Football Playoff rankings: Florida hardly falls despite bad loss to LSU," 16 Dec. 2020 Brianna McCullough, a tech worker who lives in San Jose, believes that in the long run, the trend toward more remote work could help rearrange the rungs of the corporate ladder. Washington Post, "Dreading or dreaming of a return to the office in 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 Transposition ciphers, by contrast, are largely relics from the past that use rules to rearrange the characters or groups of characters in the message. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Zodiac Killer cipher is cracked after eluding sleuths for 51 years," 12 Dec. 2020 That includes whether to rearrange other teams’ schedules to find 5-0 Ohio State an opponent for this week. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Big Ten stumbles to end of season, it must get Ohio State into playoff," 9 Dec. 2020 The village rests at the bottom of a valley in the Topatopa Mountains, where the skies seem to rearrange themselves into a brilliant ombré twice a day at sunrise and sunset. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Rashida Jones on the Joy of Planning Travel—Even if the Trip Is Months Away," 20 Oct. 2020 Those with school-age children also had to rearrange their work and family lives to accommodate the demands of remote learning. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Everything is different in 2020, including your performance review," 15 Dec. 2020 Transposition ciphers rearrange messages in a wide variety of ways. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Zodiac Killer cipher is cracked after eluding sleuths for 51 years," 12 Dec. 2020 And with 642 pound-feet of total torque plus a low 5.97:1 first gear, hard launches strain back muscles and rearrange bodily fluids more than ever. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Flexes 690 HP," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Rearrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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