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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This novel weapon may mean rearranging the classification of the animals. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "This Knife-Wielding Mini-Monster Wants You to Back Off," 4 June 2018 To stay sharp, Anderson spends at least 30 minutes a day on anagrams, rearranging letters to form words. Julia Terruso,, "The U.S. Scrabble champ is a Lancaster guy with a killer vision," 13 May 2018 This, ladies and gentlemen, is the basketball version of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Mike Bianchi,, "Frank Vogel doesn't deserve to be fired by the Orlando Magic," 12 Apr. 2018 So Toledo and Geller came in to do some rearranging, pulling pieces from different rooms that were more appropriately scaled and removing others that didn't work as well. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Next Wave Duo Toledo Geller Shows How Moving Furniture Can Totally Transform A Room," 24 Jan. 2019 These pieces sound as if they were built from hip-hop samples that were lifted from dusty LPs and then rearranged and reanimated in a fiery charge of improvisation. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "The Best Music of 2018: New Releases’ New Directions," 18 Dec. 2018 The establishment of these two organizations would rearrange the military’s current bureaucracy for handling national security space missions, which mostly revolve around launching satellites for surveillance, communications, and navigation. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space Command is coming back, but Space Force still needs approval from Congress," 18 Dec. 2018 One of those losses came in Miami when Love played just seven minutes after a collision rearranged his teeth and left him with concussion symptoms. Bud Shaw,, "Kevin Love is the key to the Cavs surviving the East -- Bud Shaw's Spin," 12 Apr. 2018 Clients can reschedule if necessary, but Alethea had to rearrange her schedule to be there. Jillian Weinberger, Vox, "Greater Baltimore is starkly segregated by race and class. A housing program is trying to change that.," 30 Nov. 2018

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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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