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arrangement

[uh-reynj-muh nt] /əˈreɪndʒ mənt/
noun
1.
an act of arranging; state of being arranged.
2.
the manner or way in which things are arranged:
a tactful arrangement of the seating at dinner.
3.
a final settlement; adjustment by agreement:
The arrangement with the rebels lasted only two weeks.
4.
Usually, arrangements. preparatory measures; plans; preparations:
They made arrangements for an early departure.
5.
something arranged in a particular way:
a floral arrangement; the arrangement of chairs for the seminar.
6.
Music.
  1. the adaptation of a composition to voices or instruments, or to a new purpose.
  2. a piece so adapted.
Idioms
7.
final arrangements, the planning or scheduling of funeral services and burial:
Final arrangements are still pending.
Origin of arrangement
1720-1730
From French, dating back to 1720-30; See origin at arrange, -ment
Related forms
rearrangement, noun
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Examples from the Web for arrangements
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  • No, that would take too long, and I have but an hour or two to make the arrangements.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • The arrangements your father has made is one of provision against the unlikely.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Our arrangements were made by two, and are hardly to be broken by one.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Eileen's face was a tragedy when her uncle insisted on making the arrangements.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Then, without comment, he glided out to reverse all his arrangements.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for arrangements

arrangement

/əˈreɪndʒmənt/
noun
1.
the act of arranging or being arranged
2.
the form in which things are arranged: he altered the arrangement of furniture in the room
3.
a thing composed of various ordered parts; the result of arranging: a flower arrangement
4.
(often pl) a preparatory measure taken or plan made; preparation
5.
an agreement or settlement; understanding
6.
an adaptation of a piece of music for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments from those for which it was originally composed
7.
an adaptation (of a play, etc) for broadcasting
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Word Origin and History for arrangements

arrangement

n.

1727, from French arrangement, from arranger "arrange" (see arrange).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with arrangements

arrangements

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