re·​ar·​range·​ment | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce rearrangement (audio) \
plural rearrangements

Definition of rearrangement

1 : the act of rearranging something or someone or the state of being rearranged rearrangement of the furniture changes that will require some rearrangement of the schedule … lifting her hands for some rearrangement of her hat.— Henry James
2 chemistry : a shifting of the atoms or groups in the molecule of a compound to form an isomeric compound

Examples of rearrangement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s been a subtle rearrangement in the vocabulary of condemnation. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 17 June 2021 And yet from this abstract rearrangement of tadpole features, normal frogs emerged. Quanta Magazine, 31 Mar. 2021 This is an excellent option for folks who haven’t settled on their space’s overall design, frequent movers who need something adaptable, and those who feel inspired by a little furniture rearrangement now and again. Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021 Eliminating Truth in Housing will allow for rearrangement of staff workloads and save home buyers money. Star Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 The agreement precedes a rearrangement of the government, whose new shape will be announced in one or two weeks, according to earlier comments by the coalition partners. Dorota Bartyzel,, 26 Sep. 2020 The state alleges that the rearrangement increased the risk residents would catch Covid-19. Ted Mann, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 Only one change was enacted on Tuesday, as Councilwoman Bess Rich won approval for some rearrangement of capital improvement allocations for her district. al, 22 Sep. 2020 In the patient samples, there were just hints of a disorderly rearrangement of the muscle fibers, Conklin said. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of rearrangement

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rearrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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