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 But the decision to rearrange the show’s running order backfired when in a surprise, Hopkins won, and Phoenix, unprepared and uninvolved, didn’t know what to do with the moment. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Oscars 2021: What worked, what didn’t and what’s next," 26 Apr. 2021 There's always a way to take sound from a record and kind of rearrange it. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "'The God MC' Rakim reflects on Southern hip-hop and the road ahead," 12 Apr. 2021 The Metropolis algorithm, a technique for generating random samplings, started out as a way to understand a fundamental problem: how atoms rearrange themselves as solids melt. New York Times, "Arianna Rosenbluth Dies at 93; Pioneering Figure in Data Science," 9 Feb. 2021 To become a frog, a tadpole has to rearrange its face; the genome was thought to hard-wire a set of cell movements for every facial feature. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Form Into ‘Xenobots’ On Their Own," 31 Mar. 2021 County officials took pains to rearrange Hill’s courtroom to address coronavirus concerns. Megan Crepeau,, "First Cook County jury to hear a case after court closures for COVID-19 finds man guilty of burglary," 24 Mar. 2021 Why does listening to that language — really tuning into it — rearrange your synapses? Washington Post, "Maradona was great, and maybe the greatest. Can we make similar claims about artists?," 25 Dec. 2020 Even after co-opting the lander’s equipment-moving robotic arm to rearrange soil and push the mole down, the team remained stymied. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "NASA Ends Efforts to Deploy Mars InSight's 'Mole'," 20 Jan. 2021 To rearrange or remove any of your apps, widgets, or web shortcuts, tap and hold on a blank area of any of your home screens until the objects on it start shaking. David Nield, Popular Science, "Your phone’s home screen can hold more than just apps. Here’s what else you should add.," 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of rearrange

1778, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Rearrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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