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 Benefits for creditors Clearly, bankruptcy provides debtors with significant power to rearrange their business affairs. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, "How corporate bankruptcy works," 12 Sep. 2019 Before the second seating at 8 p.m., a server rearranges bar stools, measuring the distance between them with a single chopstick. Fortune, "Philadelphia’s Swank New Omakase Restaurant Is Elevated in Every Aspect," 8 Sep. 2019 Threatening weather conditions from Hurricane Dorian have prompted Walt Disney World to rearrange — and sometimes curtail — Tuesday’s operating hours for its theme parks. Dewayne Bevil,, "Hurricane Dorian prompts Disney, SeaWorld, Universal to change parks’ hours," 30 Aug. 2019 Strips are set at angles and mounted on four panels that can be rearranged to provide new patterns. Janene Holzberg,, "Old World grandeur meets homey in historic Ellicott City show house," 13 Sep. 2019 The systems work by processing a person's voice and breaking it down into components, like sounds or syllables, that can then be rearranged to form new phrases with similar speech patterns, pitch and tone. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft," 5 Sep. 2019 His knowledge helped us clean up operationally, which included rearranging how the equipment was set up. Natalie Wade,, "Activists and farmers tackle food deserts on Chicago’s South Side — 'Food is a tool of resistance’," 28 June 2019 The fourth edition of this tournament was due to be played in China, but a virus outbreak a few months prior saw FIFA rearrange the competition to be played in the States once again., "2019 Women's World Cup: How Every Host Nation Has Performed at Previous Tournaments," 6 June 2019 For employers, accommodations for an older worker could be as simple as rearranging vacations to align with an employee’s visiting grandchildren. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Oh grow up! Acting your age at work," 14 Sep. 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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