re·​ar·​range·​ment ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce rearrangement (audio)
plural rearrangements
: 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
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 Increasingly, healthcare providers are using liquid biopsy to help diagnose ROS1 rearrangement. Benjamin Leach, Verywell Health, 23 Aug. 2023 However, there were a few notable rearrangements that would have affected the genome’s 3D structure. Viviane Callier, Quanta Magazine, 30 May 2023 The acid catalyst acts as a facilitator, initiating a rearrangement of the molecular structure within CBD. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2023 The highlight of the rearrangement came on the left side of Baltimore’s infield, with Gunnar Henderson moving from third base to shortstop and Westburg going from second to third to form a tandem that was frequent as the top prospects climbed through the minors together. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2023 The researchers identified genome rearrangements in the little skate that were not present in any other vertebrates. Viviane Callier, Quanta Magazine, 30 May 2023 These genetic changes include EGFR mutations, ALK rearrangements, and ROS1 rearrangements. Doru Paul, Verywell Health, 22 Apr. 2023 The tidier, mature rearrangements of numbers shambolic in their recorded youth are made without irony, getting to their emotional core. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 Because such massive genetic rearrangement is reminiscent of how new species sometimes form, it could be said that cancers were doing just that. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2011 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rearrangement was in 1778

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“Rearrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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