re·​ar·​range·​ment | \ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj-mənt \
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

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There’s been a lot of rearrangement of companies, mergers. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Chicago Fed President Charles Evans," 11 July 2018 Who will decide whether the policy is a fundamental change or simply an institutional rearrangement? Julia Azari, Vox, "How “abolish ICE” illustrates the importance of party politics," 2 July 2018 However, inhibition of p53 leaves the cell transiently vulnerable to the introduction of chromosomal rearrangements and other tumorigenic mutations. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Archived chat: last week in CRISPR — cancer, patents, and a dip in the market," 19 June 2018 But trade is merely a symptom of a larger rearrangement of American alienation from its partners. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Fulfilling Russia’s Dream of Splitting the Western Alliance," 8 June 2018 The second used whole genome sequencing to identify larger genome rearrangements that can lead to tumor development. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "A Blood-Based Cancer Test Gets Its First Results," 3 June 2018 The civil war, which led to one such rearrangement, started the following month. The Economist, "The primeval tribalism of American politics," 24 May 2018 But the weather pattern is undergoing a major rearrangement this week. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "After slow spring, violent storms may erupt in central U.S. over multiple days," 30 Apr. 2018 SoftBank has investments in Uber, Ola, Grab and Didi Chuxing, all of which would get increased access to resources if the rearrangement goes through. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Stock Slide, Takeda and Shire, Facebook Reshuffle: CEO Daily for April 25, 2018," 25 Apr. 2018

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1778, in the meaning defined above

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