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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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 Opposition politicians think the only way forward is an early election that could rearrange Parliament and break the political deadlock. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "What Next? UK lawmakers torn on fate of Brexit, and May," 26 Mar. 2019 Students who are not yet enrolled at Washington Mathematics but selected it as one of their top choices in the lottery for the next academic year will have until Thursday to rearrange their preferences, according to Pearson. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "One of the city’s oldest charter schools is so broke that it can’t make payroll," 13 Mar. 2018 Delta has a design idea that rearranges closets, onboard kitchens, and lavatories to make room for an additional 10 seats on Boeing MD-90, MD-88, and 757-300 aircraft. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Here Are Some Strange and Cruel New Ideas for Cramming More People Into Airplanes," 22 Mar. 2016 Scripts call it a beat—the pause as the star inhales and the tension mounts and the founding partner of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce rearranges the DNA of a topic before speaking. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Secret Sharer," 1 May 2014 Photo: Drawn & Quarterly Eric Stephenson, publisher at Image Comics, said the graphic-novel market is rearranging itself. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Graphic Novels Get New Respect," 4 Aug. 2018

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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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